The U.S. Department of State has urged consulates across the world to boost security if President Donald Trump announces a relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel.
Trump is expected to make an announcement on whether or not Jerusalem will be recognized as the capital of Israel. Trump promised to move the embassy during his campaign but signed a waiver in June to keep it in Tel Aviv for the time being.
Depending on what Trump says on the issue, violence could erupt in the Middle East with U.S. embassies being a potential target.
“The impending Jerusalem announcement has me very worried about the possibility of violent responses that could affect embassies,” a State Department official told Politico. “I hope I’m wrong.”
Israeli security agencies have met over the past few days to prepare for riots and other attacks, according to the Ynet news agency. Authorities believe Trump’s announcement could spark attacks from established terror groups, as well as so-called “lone wolf” terrorists.
Trump allegedly informed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday of his intentions to follow through with the move to Jerusalem.
“President Mahmoud Abbas received a telephone call from U.S. President Donald Trump in which he notified the President (Abbas) of his intention to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Nabil Abu Rudeinah, a spokesman for Abbas, said in a statement, Reuters reports. “President Abbas warned of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world.”
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