State Dept Issues Global Travel Warning To All Americans Abroad
The State Department issued a new ‘Worldwide Caution’ to Americans traveling overseas on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. has officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The update did not include specific warnings about Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; that region’s travel advisory dates back to April.
But the State Department did advise Americans to avoid Jerusalem’s Old City and the West Bank on Tuesday, anticipating the expected Muslim riots in an infantile response to Trump’s speech.
The global warning warned traveling American citizens to ‘maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness when traveling.’
The State Department also warned that ‘[i]n addition to concerns stemming from terrorism, travelers should be alert to the possibility of political unrest, violence, demonstrations, and criminal activities when traveling.’
‘U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. ‘
In addition to recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Trump also said that he plans to move the American embassy there from Tel Aviv.
UK Daily Mail reports that the U.S. has asked Israel to temper its response to Wednesday’s proclamation, hoping to minimize backlash and violent threats
‘While I recognize that you will publicly welcome this news, I ask that you restrain your official response,’ read a State Department talking-points memo designed to help U.S. diplomats advise Israeli officials.
‘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,’ the document said.
The status of Jerusalem, home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions, is one of the biggest obstacles to reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there.
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