US President Donald Trump’s plan to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds is destined to fuel conflicts in the Middle East by ratcheting up tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories, says an analyst in Washington.
Trump is due to decide by Monday on whether to renew a six-month waiver on the relocation of the US diplomatic mission in Israel.
Ever since the US Congress passed a law in 1995 that the embassy be relocated from Tel Aviv, every president has deferred the move. The act contains a clause that allows the president to renew a six-month waiver on the decision.
Speaking on Sunday, Brian Becker, with the A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition, said the possible relocation “would be a violation of the international law and all earlier UN resolution on the status of Jerusalem with one goal in mind which is to pour gasoline into the fire of Middle East conflicts.”
Washington was particularly planning to accelerate the “Israeli aggression” against the Palestinian people, he added.
Besides that, according to Becker, the move would help bolster more support for the Tel Aviv regime in the US government while cementing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position amid mounting corruption scandals concerning him and his wife.
Becker noted that since winning the presidential election in November last year, Trump and his administration have “been functioning as a militant mean of the right-wing Israeli establishment on behalf of their egregious, illegal policies directed against the Palestinian people and their neighbors.”
Israel lays claim to the entirety of Jerusalem al-Quds as its “capital” while Palestinians want its eastern part as the capital of a future state for themselves.
In a rare show of unity against the Tel Aviv regime, 151 members of the UN General Assembly voted on Thursday to adopt a resolution that denounced Israel as the “occupying power” of the Jerusalem al-Quds, a city that is holy to Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike.
The city has seen tensions since 2015, when the Israeli military introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque — Islam’s third holiest site.
Over 300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli soldiers ever since.