The rift between the Palestinian Authority and the United States following President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital widened Sunday, with Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Maliki recalling his envoy to the US Husam Zomlot back to Ramallah for consultations, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
While the reasons for Zomlot's impending return were not specified, it is fair to assume it was done in response to President Trump's declaration, as well as his intentions to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared at a rally Sunday marking the anniversary of his Fatah movement's founding that "Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of the Palestinian people, despite any attempts to change its history and geography—to enable others to claim it as their own."
"None will stand in the way of achieving our goal, and we will not revisit the stupid mistakes of the past. We will remain here until the land of Palestine is liberated and east Jerusalem is our eternal capital," the Palestinian leader added.