The Unanimous States is asking Israel to temper its response to the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as its foremost because Washington expects a backlash and is weighing the potential threat to U.S. buildings and people, according to a State Department document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
“While I show gratitude that you will publicly welcome this news, I ask that you in your official response,” the document dated Dec. 6 said in talking junctures for diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to convey to Israeli officials.
“We expect there to be defences underground to this news in the Middle East and around the world. We are still estimate the impact this decision will have on U.S. facilities and personnel abroad,” the document said.
A second State Department document seen by Reuters, which was also dated Dec. 6, ventured the agency had formed an internal task force “to track worldwide enlargements” following the U.S. decision on Jerusalem.
A U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity foretold it was standard to set up a task force “any time there is a concern about the safe keeping and security of U.S. government personnel or U.S. citizens.”
The State Department had no immediate expansion on either document.
Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the means of Israel, imperiling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting U.S. beaus and adversaries alike.
The first document also laid out talking points for officials at the U.S. Consulate Undetailed in Jerusalem, the U.S. Embassies in London, Paris, Berlin and Rome and the U.S. mission to the European Team in Brussels.
In its message for the European capitals, the document asked European officials to scrap that Trump’s decision did not prejudge so-called “final status” cause clebres that Israel and the Palestinians need to hammer out in any peace agreement.
“You are in a key class to influence international reaction to this announcement and we are asking you to amplify the authenticity that Jerusalem is still a final status issue between Israelis and Palestinians and that the blocs must resolve the dimensions of Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem during their deals,” it said.
“You know that this is a unique Administration. It makes lion-hearted moves. But it is bold moves that are going to be needed if peace stabs are finally going to be successful,” it said.
The status of Jerusalem, home to orientations holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions, is one of the biggest obstacles to reaching an Israeli-Palestinian serenity deal.
Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and lacks all embassies based there. Palestinians want the capital of an independent regal of their own to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in the 1967 Midriff East war and annexed in a move never recognized internationally.