Jordan urges unified Arab efforts to deal with Trump's Jerusalem move


Sameh Shoukry

While Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi said that his country regretted Trump's decision, which will "complicate the peace process", Egypt's relations with Israel are based on military and intelligence interests unrelated to the Palestinian issue or Jerusalem's status, Haaretz newspaper said on its website. After occupying the city's eastern part in the 1967 War, Israel annexed the territory and proclaimed it as its "eternal, undivided capital".

They also stressed the necessity to confront Trump's decision. Instead, as history has shown, patience, attrition, expropriations, expulsions, force of arms, and psychological warfare are meant to (1) weaken Palestinian aspirations for statehood and self-rule; and (2) to trivialize and enfeeble worldwide efforts that would lead to a two-state solution.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu trod carefully on Sunday around a threatened USA aid cut to Palestinians, stopping short of backing a funding halt as he repeated calls for a United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees to be dismantled.

UNRWA treats Palestinian refugees differently than other refugees around the world. Even some prominent Israelis believe it would be a mistake for the U.S. to abruptly cut off those funds.

In a statement after the December 6 announcement, Mrs May also reiterated the UK's position that the city should be the shared capital of Israel and Palestine in a negotiated two-state solution. Indeed, his just trying to mediate between Israelis and Palestinians when Trump is so strongly supportive of Israel may bolster Russia's image as a responsible power and America's as an irresponsible one.

The Arab reaction to Trump's illegal decisions on Jerusalem can not be only a one shot move but rather a continuous chain of additional follow-up measures in order to maintain their effectiveness and sustainability.

At the end of December, a majority of the UN General Assembly rejected the USA decision, while the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on "all countries to recognise the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital". It was condemned by the UN General Assembly by a vote of 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions.

Joining the United Nations as a member state requires support by nine out of the 15 Security Council members, while the five permanent members have the veto power. Analysts argue that Egypt would rather begrudgingly accept the U.S. position than encourage protests that could easily devolve into more threatening regional violence. "This needs to be resolved by the parties to the conflict in the context of peace talks", he said.

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