Palestinian resistance group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' adviser Mahmoud Habash warned U.S. President Donald Trump against relocating its embassy to Jerusalem, noting that would amount to a "complete destruction of the peace process."
Speaking in Abbas' presence, Habash said "the world will pay the price" for any change in Jerusalem's status.
This "would represent a U.S. assault on the city and give legitimacy to [Israel] over the city," Hamas said in a statement on Saturday.
U.S. media on Wednesday said President Donald Trump was planning to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Hamas said such a U.S. move "would give a cover to Israel to pursue the judaization of Jerusalem and expulsion of the Palestinians from the city", going on to call on Arab and Islamic nations to work to halt the expected U.S. decision.
Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed the status of Jerusalem and latest developments regarding the matter with Palestinian President Abbas, sources said Saturday.
"President Erdoğan reiterated the importance of the establishment of an independent, sovereign Palestinian State with east Jerusalem as its capital and the preservation of the status of Jerusalem & Haram al-Sharif for peace and security" Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said.
Officials in Washington say Trump is considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital as a way to offset his likely decision to delay his campaign promise of moving the U.S. embassy there.
Israel regards Jerusalem as its capital, a position nearly the entire world rejects saying its status should be determined in peace talks with the Palestinians. The Palestinians claim the eastern part of the city as their future capital.
During his election, Trump promised to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Jerusalem remains at the core of the perennial Israel-Palestine conflict, as Palestinians want Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state
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