A top official in the Palestine Liberation Organization warned Wednesday that President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital will be met with violence from extremists.
PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi said many of these extremists and "nuts" are already looking to commit violent acts, and will use Trump's decision as an excuse.
"He has given all extremists and nuts all over the world who are ready to commit acts of violence a ready-made excuse, a perfect excuse," she said. "Because he has provoked spiritual sentiments, religious feelings to the point where we don't how far the ramifications will go."
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She said Trump's move will also kill off any chance there was at reaching a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
"It means the death knell of any peace process and the destruction of the chances of peace in the region," she said.
"In one blow, President Trump has destroyed not only the chances of peace but the stability and security of the region as a whole," Ashrawi added. "He has undermined his closest allies in the Arab world. He has also taken a position that is absolutely illegal and in violation of international law."
"He has disqualified the U.S., sadly, from playing any role in peacemaking," she said.
Trump is expected to formally announce his decision that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But he will keep the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, and White House officials said it could be several more years before the embassy moves.