Dec. 5 (UPI) — President Donald Trump appears to have missed a Monday deadline to decide on moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, as he faces growing warnings from Middle East leaders.
The deadline to announce the embassy’s possible move from Tel Aviv was pushed from Friday to Monday. However, that passed without any official word from the Trump administration.
The president is facing more warnings from U.S. and foreign leaders over the repercussions of the potential move, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Saudi Arabian officials.
Erdoğan described the status of Jerusalem as a “red line” for Muslims and warned the embassy move could lead to Ankara cutting ties with Israel.
“If the status of Jerusalem is changed and another step is taken … that would be a major catastrophe,” Bekir Bozdağ, Turkey’s deputy prime minister, said. “It would completely destroy the fragile peace process in the region, and lead to new conflicts, new disputes and new unrest.”
The European Union cautioned there could be “serious repercussions.”
Some officials warn that the relocation could delay the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Abul Gheit, an Arab League leader, said it could pose a threat “to the stability of the Middle East and the whole world.”
French President Emmanuel Macron told Trump that Jerusalem’s status must be decided “within the framework of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Palestinians would “walk away from contacts with U.S. officials” if Jerusalem is declared the capital.
If the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital, it would be the first country to do so since the creation of Israel in 1948.