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PLO official: Transfer of US embassy to Jerusalem is a “declaration of war,” the “popular uprising” will become an intifada

Headline: “Wasel Abu Yusuf: The uprising will continue and become an intifada of return, freedom, and independence”
      “Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf emphasized that the Palestinian leadership firmly refuses any meeting with American Vice President [Mike Pence] or any party from the American administration. He also said that the American administration’s decision to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem is a sort of declaration of war against our Palestinian people, and a prelude to carrying out the plots that strive to eliminate the Palestinian cause through what is called ‘the deal of the century’ or ‘the regional solution.’
Abu Yusuf said in an interview with the media outlets that the popular uprising in response to [US President Donald] Trump’s decisions will continue and become an intifada of return, freedom, and independence. He added that this requires that all of the Palestinians – as we are on the verge of the [PLO] Central Council convening – outline a unified strategy that will unite the national activity and effort, aid the popular uprising to continue, and assemble popular defense committees to stand against the terror of the occupation and settlers.”
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.

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