Palestinian leader to respond to Trump's Jerusalem announcement in TV speech

Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem, a city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was set for 1 pm EDT.

FILE: President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 25 September 2010. Picture: Don Emmert/AFP

JERUSALEM - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will deliver a televised speech on Wednesday in response to US President Donald Trump’s anticipated announcement that Washington recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a Palestinian official said.

“The president (Abbas) will first listen to President Trump’s speech, and will then give a response,” the official told Reuters, adding that the remarks would be broadcast on Palestine TV.

Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem, a city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was set for 1 pm EDT.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far held off on commenting explicitly about Trump’s planned policy shift.