PA Says Will Not Accept Change on Jerusalem Border After US Western Wall Comments

Published December 16th, 2017 - 02:02 GMT
A U.S. official said Friday that Washington expects that the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City will be part of Israel (Wikimedia)
A U.S. official said Friday that Washington expects that the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City will be part of Israel (Wikimedia)

The Palestinian Authority (PA) said Saturday it will not accept any change on the 1967 border of East Jerusalem.

A U.S. official said Friday that Washington expects that the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City will be part of Israel.

This position “confirms once again that the current U.S. administration has become completely outside the peace process," PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement cited by the official Wafa news agency.

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, triggering protests in the Palestinian territories and several Arab and Muslim countries.

This U.S. policy “runs against international legitimacy and consolidates the occupation,” Abu Rudeina said.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

This article has been edited by Al Bawaba from its original version

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