President Trump on Tuesday informed Mahmoud Abbas that he plans on moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the Palestinian president’s spokesman said.
“President Mahmoud Abbas received a telephone call from U.S. President Donald Trump in which he notified the President [Abbas] of his intention to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Nabil Abu Rdainah said in a statement Tuesday, according to Reuters.
“President Abbas warned of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security, and stability of the region and of the world,” he added.
Rdainah’s statement did not state whether Trump elaborated on the timing of such a move to Abbas.
CBS News on Tuesday reported that the White House has also been finalizing a plan for Trump to announce that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital the following day.
The move would mark the first time the U.S. has given Jerusalem that status, and it would roil the Middle East and Arab world.
The White House on Tuesday said that Trump had also scheduled calls with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah.
The deadline to sign a waiver for relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel was Monday, but the White House has not yet said whether Trump signed it.
Trump repeatedly pledged during his 2016 election campaign that he would move the embassy, a vow he has made several other times since entering office.
The U.S. embassy in Israel has been based in Tel Aviv for 70 years, along with the embassies of virtually all of the other nations with ties to Israel.
The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 authorized the U.S. to move the embassy in 1999, but it also said the president could indefinitely delay the move by signing a waiver.
Trump signed the waiver – which cites national security concerns – for the first time during his presidency last June.
The United Nations’ initial partition plan on Palestine in 1947 called for Jerusalem to be recognized as an international city.
The U.S. government has subsequently not recognized it as Israel’s capital, unlike the latter nation’s leadership.