‘Moving embassy would be declaration of war on Islam’

Moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital, Jerusalem, would be a declaration of war on Islam, influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Tuesday.

“Transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem would be a public and more-explicit-than-ever declaration of war against Islam,” he said in a statement.

Al-Sadr responded to reports by the White House that deliberations on the possible move had begun.

On Sunday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged the Trump administration was examining the issue, but emphasized deliberations had only just begun on the matter.

“We are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject.”

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