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PA Prime Minister warns embassy move will cause an "explosion of the security situation in the entire region"

Headline: "Hamdallah warns against an explosion of the security situation if the US transfers its embassy to Jerusalem"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah demanded that the institutions of the international community stand against the intention of the new American administration to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem.
He warned against an explosion of the security situation in the entire region if the US carries out this step. He also noted that it is necessary to pressure Israel to commit to [UN] Security Council Resolution [2334] to stop the settlement.
These statements were made during the reception that he held yesterday [Jan. 11, 2017] in his office in Ramallah for Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Borge Brende in the presence of [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki and Representative of Norway in Palestine Hilde Haraldstad."
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UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was passed on Dec. 23, 2016, by a vote of 14-0 with one abstention.
The resolution condemned the establishment of Israeli "settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem," saying it "has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace." It demanded that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities” in the area. The resolution further said “it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines” other than changes made through negotiations, in reference to the 1949-1967 ceasefire line between Israel and the neighboring Arab countries following Israel's 1948 War of Independence.
The resolution called “upon all States… to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.” It also called "to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as acts of provocation and destruction... and to clearly condemn all acts of terrorism," and noted the obligation of "the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to maintain effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantling terrorist capabilities."
The US abstained instead of vetoing the resolution, in a breach of longstanding US policy of not allowing the UN to force conditions on Israel in place of direct negotiations. This policy change came during US President Barack Obama’s final weeks in office.
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