PA expected to join Hamas in encouraging violence as US moves embassy to Jerusalem

As the date of the US embassy transfer to Jerusalem nears, the Palestinian Authority is expected to start encouraging acts of violence against Israel, an Israeli news report claims. However, despite this assessment, a senior Israeli official told Hadashot news that the move is “worth of price.”
Protesters in Gaza burn an Israeli flag and pictures of Trump Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

The Palestinian Authority is planning to join Hamas in focusing extensive efforts on encouraging acts of violence ahead of the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem, Hadashot reported on Monday.

The Israeli news network spoke with a “senior political official” about the expected violence. According to the unnamed source, the embassy opening in Jerusalem is one of the cases that is “worth the price” of a violent response. “There are no free meals,” he added. “This is a historic and significant process that Israel must not pass up.”

Last month, the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University published a monthly peace index that showed that most of the Israeli public believes that the transfer of embassy will lead to a violent Palestinian outbreak. However, most Jewish Israelis think that this is not sufficient reason to postpone the process.

On Monday, JOL reported that US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has been selected to head an American delegation of 250 people, including Washington officials and Jewish leaders, to the opening ceremony of the American embassy in Jerusalem next month. Israel’s Channel 10 revealed on Sunday evening that Mnuchin will be accompanied by two of US President Donald Trump’s close advisors, his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, who are both Jewish.

The Israeli news report also stated that the delegation is said to include some 40 senators and representatives, including Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsay Graham. Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, is also expected to attend the ceremony.

Trump announced his decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in December when he recognized the holy city as Israel’s capital, sparking a wave of condemnation across the world. However, his decisions were applauded in Israel. “There are great moments in Zionist history: the Balfour Declaration, the state’s establishment, the liberation of Jerusalem and yesterday – Trump’s declaration,” Netanyahu stated in a statement a day after Trump’s declaration. “I told him: My friend, Mr. President, you’re going to make history. And yesterday, he made history.”



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