PA daily: Embassy move is an "annihilation of the two-state solution" and "could cause the outbreak of a religious war"
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Jan. 12, 2017

 
Headline: “Trump’s position regarding Jerusalem is the benchmark”
Excerpt of an op-ed by Bassem Barhoum, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     “First of all, transferring the American embassy is a sort of new Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that determines the issue of Jerusalem in advance in favor of Israel, despite it being one of the final resolution issues in the Oslo Accords. This constitutes a change in the outlook of the new American administration regarding the peace process and its perception regarding the principles of the political solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and this is undoubtedly a sort of annihilation of the two-state solution and the Palestinian issue in general.
Secondly, the step could cause the outbreak of a religious war that is liable to encourage terror and extremism.
Therefore, it will not be coincidental that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas will describe the step, if it happens, as aggression against the Palestinian people, as it is a direct threat to global peace and is liable to eliminate the hope for peace.
Here there is no choice but to wonder: How does Trump say that the fight against terror and ISIS is at the top of his priorities, and at the same time take a step that could cause the outbreak of a religious war and encourage extremism, violence, and terror?”
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The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.