04 December 2017

The State Department’s security arm has been told to plan for potentially violent protests at US embassies and consulates once the Trump administration announces it is moving the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

When President Trump declares Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, you are going to see prophecy fireworks the likes of which have not been seen since 1948.

Most people expect Trump’s announcement either Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

“We were told that this is definitely coming, and we need to be ready for it,” one official said.

Trump could announce as early as Tuesday that the US recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, US officials with direct knowledge of the matter and foreign diplomats have told CNN.

Upon making the decision public, Trump is expected to sign a waiver to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv for another six months, but say his administration will move the diplomatic mission to Jerusalem at some point — a goal long sought by Israel.

The Diplomatic Security Service, which is charged with protecting US posts and personnel overseas, was already bracing for possible protests after Trump re-tweeted anti-Muslim videos on Wednesday. [See Israel Report02 December 2017]

Officials feared a repeat of the violent protests at US embassies in the Middle East that erupted in September 2012 following the publication of an anti-Muslim video on the internet.

Embassies in that region were already on high security alert.

A White House official confirmed that the White House was alerted to those concerns by the State Department.

“It didn’t manifest in anything actionable, but it was a big concern,” one State Department official said about the President’s re-tweets of the videos. 

Jared Kushner and Haim Saban at the Saban Forum in Washington, D.C., December 3, 2017.

Jared Kushner and Haim Saban at the Saban Forum in Washington, D.C., December 3, 2017. Jose Luis Magana/AP
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We saw in Cairo and other places that simply posting something on the internet, even if nothing was intended by it, could have real consequences.”

The PA leader/terrorist, Mahmoud Abbas, according to the official PA news Wafa, spoke to Arab leaders in a series of phone calls Saturday of the dangers of such a move, and urged them to intervene with Trump.

Abbas called Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Tunisian President Béji Caid Sibsi, the emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Abbas “warned categorically that taking such a step would lead to the destruction of the peace process and would bring the region into an uncontrollable situation,” according to his spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh.

On Wednesday Abbas ordered his foreign minister to demand the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation hold emergency sessions regarding the possible US measures.

On Friday, a delegation from the Palestinian Authority reportedly met with presidential adviser Jared Kushner to warn that if the White House announces the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, or if Trump makes remarks acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, this would mark the end of the peace process, according to Israeli news reports.

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, said Sunday that Israel needs to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians before it can form an alliance with the greater Arab world.

Kushner was addressing the Saban Forum [pictured above] in Washington about the Trump administration’s peace efforts.

He was speaking along with Haim Saban, the Israeli-born business mogul who funds the annual conference on U.S. policy in the Middle East organised by the Brookings Institution.