RAMALLAH, December 16, 2017 (WAFA) – The Palestinians will not accept any changes to the 1967 border of East Jerusalem, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, said on Saturday.
Abu Rudeineh was reacting to statements attributed to a White House official saying that the United States considers what Muslim refer to as Al-Buraq Wall, while Jews call the Wailing or Western Wall, as part of Israel.
“This American position proves once again that the current US administration is completely out of the peace process,” said Abu Rudeineh.
He said, “Continuing with this American policy, whether it has to do with recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the US embassy to the city or taking a unilateral decision on final status issues, are in violation of international law and consolidate the occupation. This is not acceptable to us and we denounce it.”
US Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to hold an official visit to the Western Wall on Wednesday after his arrival in Israel. His boss, Donald Trump, was the first US president to visit the wall while in office. The visit took place in May.
The wall is located in the part of Jerusalem Israel had occupied in June 1967, which the international community and law consider Israel’s hold on it as illegal.