Palestinian envoy recalled from Washington over Israeli embassy move

Palestinian envoy recalled from Washington over Israeli embassy move
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The Palestine Liberation Organization’s top envoy in the U.S., Husam Zomlot, was recalled from Washington on Tuesday in a move protesting the opening of the America's embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. 

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat announced the news on Palestinian television, according to Reuters.

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Zomlot returned to D.C. from the Palestinian territories earlier this year even as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not accept any peace plan proposed by the U.S. following President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE's announcement that he would be recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 

Turkey on Monday recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Israel following the opening of the new embassy, and South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel in response to the government's reaction to violent clashes along the Gaza border.

Palestinians, who view the eastern part of Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, were demonstrating against the opening of the new U.S. Embassy. 

Israel has faced backlash from the international community for its handling of the demonstrations. 

The U.S. on Tuesday blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a probe into the violence on the border.  

"No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has," U.S Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump: Kellyanne Conway 'must have done some bad things' to 'crazy' husband Trump says Pence will remain on 2020 ticket: 'He's our man 100 percent' Tillerson: Using American aid for 'some kind of personal gain [is] wrong' MORE said. "In fact, the record of several countries here today suggest that they would be less restrained."