The Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both made threats ahead of the Trump administration’s possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital this week.
The Palestinian threats came after American officials were quoted as stating that President Donald Trump will make an announcement on Dec. 6 regarding U.S. recognition of Jerusalem.
Hamas on Saturday called to “renew the Jerusalem intifada” in order to prevent the change in U.S. policy.
“We call on the Palestinian people to stand as an impenetrable floodgate and a tall wall against this decision and renew the Jerusalem intifada,” the terror group stated.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s adviser, Mahmoud Habash, said Saturday that U.S. recognition of the Israeli capital would cause the “complete destruction of the peace process,” adding that “the world will pay a price.” Other high-ranking PA officials issued similar statements.
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that U.S. recognition of Jerusalem would “fuel extremism” and make Palestinians “resort to violence.”
The Palestinian warnings came after a group of PA officials met last Friday with Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.
Trump has a Dec. 4 deadline to decide on whether to sign the latest waiver postponing the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Since Congress passed legislation in 1995 authorizing an embassy in Jerusalem, every sitting president has signed successive six-month waivers delaying the move, citing national security concerns.