Macron voices concerns over potential American change on Jerusalem status

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with US President Donald Trump last night and stressed that he is concerned about the possibility that Washington will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy from Tel Aviv. Macron’s office stated that the French president said that “the question of Jerusalem’s diplomatic status needs to be discussed in the framework of negotiations.”
Trump and Macron Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

French President Emmanuel Macron told his US counterpart on Monday evening that he is concerned about the possibility that Washington will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy to the city. “The French president stressed that the question of Jerusalem’s diplomatic status needs to be discussed in the framework of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians,” Macron’s office said in a statement.  

According to the White House, US President Donald Trump and Macron discussed “the path to peace in the Middle East” over the phone. “The conversation confirmed the close relationship between the United States and France as allies committed to stability in the Middle East and North Africa,” the White House added.

Meanwhile, Palestinian media outlets reported that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas said that a formal American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be met with a “day of rage.”

Hamas also sent a warning to the White House last week, saying that if Trump indeed declares Jerusalem Israel’s capital, there will be immediate consequences on the ground. In the statement, Hamas said that it is “warning Trump against recognizing Jerusalem as the State of Israel’s capital.” The Palestinian terrorist group said that its members want to clarify to Trump that Jerusalem is “a Muslim city and the capital of the Palestinian people.” Hamas added that such a declaration by Trump would prompt the group to call for an escalation in “the Jerusalem Intifada,” the terror wave that began in September 2015.



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