Tillerson: Trump weighing how moving Israel embassy would affect peace prospects

Jordan, Palestine and Egypt on Sunday reiterated their commitment to the two-state solution as the only solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, expressing keenness to cooperate with the U.S. administration in this regard.

"I think it'll be informed, again, by the parties that are involved in those talks and most certainly Israel's view on whether Israel views it as being helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps a distraction".

The minister made the remarks at a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri and Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, where he stressed on Jordan's rejection of any plan to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

He also called for ending divisions among the Palestinian factions.

The US president has vowed during his campaign to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem - a move that would anger Palestinians and the wider Arab and Muslim worlds.

"We all value the obvious and solid commitments that President Trump has made to ensure progress in the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict..." Undoubtedly, the Israeli-Palestinian issue will factor in.

Israeli police Saturday shot and killed a Palestinian near Chain's Gate inside Jerusalem's Old City. While Trump has articulated support for peace between the two sides, he has yet to explicitly endorse the creation of a fledgling Palestinian state, or join the global consensus supporting a two-state solution.

Jordan will continue to exert efforts for attaining peace, he said.

The soldiers also assaulted many Palestinians, and abducted one, before moving him to a nearby police station. "It will advance it by righting a historical wrong and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel".

Netanyahu's support for a two-state solution eight years ago "brought about boycotts, terrorism and a serious demographic threat" to Israel, Bennett said, adding that such an approach is "a failed messianic formula that has led to bloodshed, political deterioration and a demographic disaster".

  • Rogelio Becker