Saturday, 20 October, 2018

The US Embassy's Move To Jerusalem May Come Sooner Than Expected

Islamic countries lawmakers Trump’s al Quds decision threatens global peace The US Embassy's Move To Jerusalem May Come Sooner Than Expected
Kenny Thornton | 20 January, 2018, 20:08

Pence will not travel to Ramallah or meet with Palestinian Authority officials while he is in the region, due to the PA's decision to boycott the USA administration over Trump's move.

The deeper question analysts are mulling is whether Pence's hobnobbing with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials is in reality a deliberate signal to Palestinians on which side the administration is falling in their decades-old quest for sovereignty.

The conference, held under the auspices of Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi, is being co-organised by Al-Azhar and the Muslim Council of Elders based in the UAE.

So it is no surprise that after another fiery but hollow speech by President Mahmoud Abbas, the Central Council has chose to "suspend" its recognition of Israel, end security cooperation with Israel, effectively nullify the 2003 Oslo accords, and call on the world to work for the creation of a Palestinian state and end Israel's colonisation policies.

The move infuriated Palestinians, who view east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

President Trump's declaration on Jerusalem being the capital of Israel was received with joy in the city. He is expected to stay in Israel through Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the Jewish state, scheduled for January 22-23. In the 1992 presidential campaign Bill Clinton vowed to move the embassy to Jerusalem during his administration.

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Vice President Pence is scheduled to depart for a Middle East trip Friday that includes a visit to Jerusalem. However, in an interview with Reuters, Trump dismissed Netanyahu's comment.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been considering several options since President Donald Trump, late past year, declared Jerusalem to be Israel's capital and announced the United States would finally move its embassy there from Tel Aviv.

His Hashemite dynasty largely derives its political legitimacy from its historic role as custodian of Jerusalem's main Muslim shrine, the Al-Aqsa mosque, which is Islam's third holiest site.

Rabbi Andrew Paley, a veteran peace process backer who is involved with the J Street chapter in Dallas, told JNS: "For Abbas to blame Trump is just the most recent iteration of blaming everyone else for a situation on which he could have acted".

Pence's meeting with Abdullah on Sunday follows a series of anti-U.S. protests in the kingdom — including some organized by Islamists. Officials said Friedman had pushed to move the embassy this year, with support from Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House aide who is leading attempts to revive the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. But instead of waiting patiently for the Palestinians to cool off, the administration is throwing gasoline on the fire. Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the U.N., is holding up American contributions to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which provides support for all kinds of programs for Palestinian refugees, unless the Palestinians agree to resume negotiations. But the Pence visit, particularly if he refers to the area as being Israeli, will deepen the Palestinian suspicions that Trump has sided with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

For its part, Al-Azhar strongly condemned the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, describing it as an "illegitimate and reckless step" and an unacceptable attempt to falsify history. "If that causes Abbas to go bananas, that's a reflection on Abbas, not Trump".

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