PLO official: Moving US embassy to Jerusalem would be ‘death knell' to peace process

A Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) official on Wednesday ripped President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying "he has disqualified the U.S. from playing any role in peacemaking."

"It means the death knell of any peace process and the destruction of the chances of peace in the region," PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day."


"In one blow President Trump has destroyed not only the chances of any peace but the stability and security of the region as a whole," she continued. 

"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." 

Ashrawi's comments come as Trump is expected to announce Wednesday the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, breaking from the international community which has traditionally recognized Tel Aviv as the capital. 

Palestinians have demanded that part of Jerusalem be set aside for the capital of a future independent state. 

Critics have warned that the move would spark violence and unrest in the already volatile region.

"[Trump] has given all extremists and nuts all over the world who are ready to commit acts of violence a perfect excuse," Ashrawi said. "Because he has provoked spiritual sentiments and religious feelings to the point where we don't know how far the ramifications will go."

Trump has stopped short of moving the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, opting to follow his predecessors in signing a waiver to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv.