Published: 2017-12-07 14:43
Last Updated: 2017-12-07 16:10
The US State Department asked Israel to “temper its response” to the US decision recognizing Jerusalem as its capital, amid Washington’s concerns of a backlash and potential threat to US facilities and people, according to Reuters.
“While I recognize that you will publicly welcome this news, I ask that you restrain your official response,” a document released by the State Department said.
“We expect there to be resistance to this news in the Middle East and around the world. We are still judging the impact this decision will have on U.S. facilities and personnel overseas.”
Reuters also saw another document released by the State Department, which said they formed an internal task force “to track worldwide developments” after the US decision on Jerusalem.
The US State Department had no immediate comment on either document.
Documents were talking about points for officials at the US Consulate General in Jerusalem and the US Embassies in London, Paris, Berlin and Rome, in addition to the US mission to the European Union in Brussels, Reuters said.
US asked the European capitals to argue Trump’s decision did not prejudge so-called “final status” issues that Israel and the Palestinians need to hammer out in any peace agreement, according to Reuters.
“You are in a key position to influence international reaction to this announcement and we are asking you to amplify the reality that Jerusalem is still a final status issue between Israelis and Palestinians and that the parties must resolve the dimensions of Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem during their negotiations,” it said.
Earlier, the US Embassy in Amman has issued orders for its citizens living in Jordan to limit their public movement, and advised US Embassy staff to not send children to school on December 7, cautioning them of “the need for caution and awareness of personal security.”
This came after U.S. President Donald Trump formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the US embassy to Tel Aviv earlier this evening.
The U.S Embassy also announced it suspended its routine public services, and banned both official and personal travelling outside Amman until further notice.
However, Security forces closed a main road leading to Abdoun, Amman, as hundreds of protesters gather outside the US embassy in the area.