The Palestinian Authority on Saturday welcomed as “encouraging” US President Barack Obama’s decision not to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Indeed, by breaking with the (symbolic, but still important) declarations of previous presidents, Obama is in fact giving the message that Jerusalem will be a capital of only one state - and that state is not Israel.
Obama on Friday invoked US national security interests to notify Congress that he will not move the embassy to Jerusalem.
Obama’s notification did not include a commitment to moving the embassy at some point in the future, unlike his predecessors, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who did suggest that this may be a possibility.
Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for the PA, said that Obama’s decision affirms that the world and the US don’t recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Abu Rudaineh added that the decision indicates that the world recognizes that east Jerusalem has been occupied since 1967 and that the city would be the capital of Palestine “in the context of a two-state solution.”
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