US president Donald Trump had in September 2016 told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if elected, the US would recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
This has evoked sharp reaction from Palestinian envoy to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal. He warned that any such attempt will seriously complicate the situation in the region and may result in a “holy war”.
“We want the new US administration to demonstrate sufficient rationality and reject the idea of the embassy’s relocation. Otherwise, the problems, threatening with disastrous consequences, will emerge,” Abdel Hafiz Nofal told Sputnik News.
“The transfer may open the gates of Hell,” he said.
The move could also spark anger in the Arab world.
However, Israel said it would be pleased on this decision.
Israel claims Jerusalem as its “eternal capital” after occupying East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israel war. However, the international community does not recognize the claim and foreign embassies are currently located in Tel Aviv.
Palestinian political factions is pinning hope that Russia will continue its active participation in the process of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Abdel Hafiz Nofal said.
Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip. It also wants Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories it took after the Six-Day War in 1967.