Powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has warned that any potential move of the US Embassy in Israel — as pledged by US President Donald Trump — would be a “declaration of war” against Islam.
“Transferring the US Embassy to Jerusalem would be a public and more-explicit-than-ever declaration of war against Islam,” said the statement posted Tuesday on Sadr’s website.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted earlier this week that no decision had been made on moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
A senior Trump administration official said Monday that moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv remains a priority for the President but cautioned that it would not happen quickly. No announcements are expected in the coming days, the official said, adding that working on the issue will be one of the first tasks awaiting Jared Kushner, a senior adviser and son-in-law to Trump.
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