Sunday, December 10, 2017

Arab countries criticized Trumps 'recognition of Jerusalem's capital of Israel'

Foreign ministers of Arab states say the recognition of US President Donald Trump against Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks causing the Middle East into "worse violence and riots."

Palestinian Muslims pray Friday in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque in the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on December 8.

The statement made by foreign ministers in the Arab League said the US recognition also ended the US neutrality in the most sensitive issue in the region.

The Arab League says that currently the United States can not be relied upon as a mediator in peace in the Middle East.

The 22-nation statement, including a close US ally, came after violence and protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip lasted for three days.

Israel always regarded Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians claimed East Jerusalem - which Israel controlled in the 1967 war - as the future capital of a Palestinian state.

For Trump the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is to fulfill the promise of the campaign and he says "nothing more and no less is a recognition of reality".

However, the recognition has sparked strong criticism, including from various countries including Indonesia.

The Arab League resolution was agreed on Sunday at 3 am Cairo time, supported by a number of allied US states, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, who have voiced their concerns.

The resolution says:
The US has "withdrawn as a sponsor and intermediary" in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process through its decision.

Step Trump "raises tension, triggers anger and threatens the region into violence and unrest"
Will ask the UN Security Council to denounce such a move

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on Friday (08/12), with 14 member states denouncing Trump's decision.

But US ambassador Nikki Haley accused the UN of being biased, saying it "has become one of the most hostile Israelis in the world," and the US is still committed to finding peace.

On Saturday (09/12) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had heard "voices condemning President Trump's historic announcement" but "have not heard the criticism of the rocket fire on Israel and the terrible incitement against us".

Three rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel last Friday, which led Israel to carry out air strikes in retaliation. The Israeli air strike was mentioned on the military site belonging to the Islamist Hamas group, killing two of its members.

Hundreds of people protested in the West Bank and Gaza on Saturday (09/12), with fewer protesters than the previous day.

In the northern part of Israel, a bus was stoned as it crossed the Arab-occupied area, leaving three Israelis wounded, Haaretz reported.

Thousands of Palestinians staged a protest on Friday (08/12), and a number of protests as solidarity for Palestine were also conducted in Arab countries and Muslim-majority countries.