Concessions are a must and if we reach a concession whereby Jerusalem will be – Ramallah will be the capital of Palestine, to end the war and so no one else dies, then we would go for it.”

The move prompted widespread condemnation from many leaders throughout the Middle East, including Egypt, as well as the United Nations.

According to the New York Times, Kholi made the phone calls to three well-known Egyptian talk show hosts, as well as an Egyptian actress.

“How is Jerusalem different from Ramallah, really?” Kholi said in the four recordings, according to the New York Times.


Like most countries across the region, Egypt quickly condemned Trump’s decision on Jerusalem. Prior to the official US announcement, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi cautioned Trump against “taking measures that would undermine peace in the Middle East”.

According to the New York Times, Kholi called the reaction to the US Jerusalem decision “dangerous” and an “intifada issue”.

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