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Arab League hopes Trump changes mind about embassy move

An Arab League official said on Sunday that the organization hopes U.S. President Donald Trump will retract his campaign pledge to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"The position expressed by President Trump while campaigning needs to be more cautious," Assistant Secretary General for Palestinian Affairs Said Abu Ali told reporters in Cairo, according to AFP.

We look to the new U.S. administration to reconsider its position so it can better act as an objective sponsor of the peace process," he added.

"Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem would be aggression against the rights of the Palestinian people in their eternal capital east Jerusalem," Abu Ali continued.

He said it would violate UN Security Council resolutions and be "a retreat from the historical American position" on the city's status.

Moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, was a central campaign promise of Trump’s.

Last week, however, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that no decision has been made yet on the move.

The planned move of the embassy has angered the Palestinian Authority (PA), whose officials want eastern Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state. READ MORE