Arabs Seek Global Recognition Of Eastern Jerusalem As Palestinian Capital

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

"We will confront the decision by seeking a (U.N.) resolution, an worldwide one, to recognise a Palestinian state on 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital", said Safadi.

Earlier on Saturday, Jordan's King Abdullah II met the Arab diplomats and said "the question of Jerusalem must be resolved within the framework of a just and lasting peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis".

Britain's prime minister Theresa May has previously said she regards the decision by the United States to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital as "unhelpful" to prospects for peace in the region.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he backs President Trump all the way in his criticism of the United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA).

The top PLO official revealed that the upcoming PLO Central Council meeting will "define the relationship with Israel in all its aspects and how to confront the USA decision".

The US relationship with the Palestinians has been terse since President Donald Trump's December 6 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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British Muslim activists have called for solidarity with Palestinians against United States' decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Israel. UNRWA is an organisation that perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem.

Trump tweeted on January 2 that the USA pays the Palestinians "HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year" and gets "no appreciation or respect" in return. "With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive payments to them?"

"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". Trump's ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a longtime supporter of right-wing Israeli causes, has continued to fuel suspicion that the administration is hostile to Palestinian aspirations.

Safadi indicated: "Our position as an Arab League and Arab countries regarding this resolution is clear, that it constitutes a violation of global law and legitimacy and has no legal effect".

Now it is limited to those who reside in UNRWA's "areas of operation in the Palestinian territories (West Bank and Gaza Strip), Lebanon, Jordan and Syria", UNRWA's website says.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel since 1967 - might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

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