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US President Donald Trump responded to the King of Jordan’s request that the United States refrain from moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Arab media reported on Saturday. The Palestinian daily, Al-Quds, reported that the Trump administration transferred a message to the Palestinian Authority that the embassy would not be moving to Jerusalem. So despite constant promises from Trump that the US Embassy in Israel would be moving to Jerusalem, he has no such plans.
If the Trump’s White House approves the relocation, it would overturn decades of international consensus on Jerusalem. The message to the Palestinians and Arab world would be clear and provocative, said Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official and former Palestinian foreign minister. “Moving the embassy is the same as recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s united capital. It’s a war crime,” he told Al Jazeera. “There’s no way we or the Arab world could accept it. It would mean the end of the US as the broker of the peace process. We would fight back and mobilise the rest of the world against the move.” The Israeli army has been advising the government of Benjamin Netanyahu on the possible fallout too, according to a report last week in the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth. A change of address would be seen as a US green light for Israel to extend its sovereignty over the city and its holy places, including the al-Aqsa mosque, in the view of Israeli military intelligence. Reactions could include mass protests from the Islamic movements inside Israel; riots in the occupied Palestinian territories and neighbouring states such as Jordan, which is the official guardian of al-Aqsa; and the collapse of Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas inaugurated Palestinian embassy in Islamabad. The new Palestine Embassy Complex has been built in the Diplomatic Enclave. The government gifted land in 1992 for the purpose and in 2013 also contributed towards its construction. President Abbas thanked Pakistan for its support on constitution of the embassy and told the media he had briefed PM Nawaz about the latest situation between Palestine and Israel. Abbas is on a three-day visit to Pakistan. He is accompanied by a 17-member delegation, including five ministers. It is the third visit by President Abbas to Pakistan. He has previously been to the country in 2005 and 2013.
Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s office said on Sunday that it will summon the Swedish ambassador to protest the decision of newly-elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s decision to recognize the Palestinian state. Late on Saturday, Lieberman said in a statement that he ” regrets” that the Swedish Prime Minister “was in a hurry to make statements on Sweden’s position regarding recognition of a Palestinian state, apparently before he had time even to study the issue in depth.” In his inaugural address to parliament on Friday, Lofven said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be resolved by a two- state solution which “requires mutual recognition and the will to co-exist peacefully.” “Sweden will therefore recognize the State of Palestine,” Lofven said, but did not mention how or when it would be done. Israel fears that other major European countries will follow Sweden to recognize a Palestinian state.
Palestine will open an embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, according to the president of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas. “We will never forget the decisions made by Morales during the Israeli aggression against the Palestine people. We are honored and pleased with the close relationship we maintain with Bolivia,” said Abbas, after meeting with Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, in New York City. “We want to develop that relationship and I believe we are going to be speaking about a new Palestinian embassy in La Paz very soon,” added Abbas. Morales was one of the several heads of state that denounced the recent Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip, in which more than 2,000 Palestinians were killed -mostly civilians- and called it a “genocide.” As part of the measures taken against the Israeli government, Bolivia declared Israel “a terrorist state” and now requests visas from all Israelis who try to enter Bolivia. In 2009, Bolivia broke its diplomatic relations with Israel due to Operation Cast Lead against Gaza Strip, in which more than 1,000 Palestinians were killed.
Khaled al-Atrash will be the new Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic and replace Jamal al-Jamal, who died in a Semtex explosion at the embassy in January. Al-Atrash has been ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2010. Al-Atrash has applied for diplomatic visas for himself and his family at the Czech liaison office in Ramallah in the West Bank last week. He will probably arrive in Prague by the end of September. He should stay in the Czech Republic for four years. Jamal al-Jamal died after an explosion that shattered the Palestinian Embassy New Year’s Day . According to investigators, he was killed by Semtex hidden in a book. The police first investigated the accident as a killing out of negligence and unauthorized armament. They found 12 weapons from the 1980s in the embassy building. The Palestinians said this was a gift from then representatives of Czechoslovakia. The police shelved the case in early July.
A diplomat representing the Korean government has been officially dispatched to Palestine. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on August 28, Park Woong-cheol, the newly appointed representative to the State of Palestine, began working around the clock at the office in Ramallah, the de facto administrative capital, from the 25th with one local employee. Although the Korean government opened a representative office in Palestine in 2005, there was no full-time diplomat and instead a counselor at the Korean Embassy in Israel crossed the border twice a week to perform the necessary work. The main reason the government assigned a full-time diplomat in Palestine separate from Israel has to do with the fact that it is aware of the increasing importance of the Arab World to Korea in terms of trade opportunities other than energy. The government recently offered to donate US$1 million to the Palestine government to help rebuild the Gaza Strip that was severely damaged by Israeli airstrikes.