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Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital would fuel violence – Arab League

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Any move by the United States to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would fuel extremism and violence, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Saturday.

He spoke a day after a senior US administration official said US President Donald Trump was likely to make the announcement next week.

The Palestinians want Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and the international community does not recognise Israel’s claim on all of the city, home to sites holy to the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions.

Read: East Jerusalem ‘must be recognised as capital of independent Palestine,’ insists PA

Word of Trump’s planned announcement, which would deviate from previous US presidents who have insisted the Jerusalem’s status must be decided in negotiations, has already drawn criticism from the Palestinian Authority.

“Today we say very clearly that taking such action is not justified … It will not serve peace or stability, but will fuel extremism and resort to violence,” Aboul Gheit said in a statement published on the Arab league’s website, adding:

It only benefits one side; the Israeli government that is hostile to peace

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  • KOKOU AZIABA

    Nothing will happen ; the fate of israel is sealed in the bible
    The decree of God cannot be reversed

    • DEADP00L

      Your bible is not the Torah. There is no America in your bible either. If Israel was God’s intention it wouldn’t be dependent on any mortal, and it is, billions in aid, billions in lobbying and billions in spending for bribes of all stretches and all kinds. Murder, deception, iniquity, sin. Israel depends on sin in order to be. That’s not God, that’s Satan running the show.Its Satan that compels you to commit these sins of lies, theft and murder in Gods name.You will rightfully be proven wrong, you wayward soul, sinner, God destroyed Israel for its arrogance and crimes not once, not twice but three times.

      The decree of God WAS reversed, by people like you who rejected his COMMAND that Jews must first seek and achieve redemption for their sins; all they have done is shed more blood in the Holy Land, like you, in Gods name then in Gods name built a state COSPLAYING as Israel with slaughter, theft, lies and deception; it is not protected by God: it is CURSED by God.

      You don’t commit all these sins in Gods name and not incur his wrath.

      You know who has no allies but remain as strong as super powers even though they have no army, no navy and no air force and no mortal support to the tune of billions upon billions? They remain strong despite 4 super powers trying to destroy them? That need to be suppressed by a military full of weaklings and cruelty who would never be able to tolerate sich an existence if the roles were reversed?

      The people of Palestine.
      They are the original Hebrews. Jesus, Moses and Abraham are in their veins.

      So is Jerusalem.

  • charliematerne

    Maybe to prevent violence and keep things fair, Trump should disavow every Muslim capital and move those embassy’s out

    • Helen4Yemen

      The Ashkenazi is nothing more than a circumcised Khazar, right?

      What is a Khazar doing in Palestine? The Khazars haven’t a tiny

      drop of Middle East ancestry, right?

      https://www.ancestry.COM/cs/dna-help/ethnicity/regional-overlap

      • kirby1

        Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine; there is one people and one land, with one history and one and the same fate.” -Prince Hassan, brother of King Hussein, addressing the Jordanian National Assembly, 2 February 1970
        “Jordan is not just another Arab state with regard to Palestine, but rather, Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan in terms of territory, national identity, sufferings, hopes and aspirations.” -Jordanian Minister of Agriculture, 24 September 1980
        As “Palestinian” politician Zouhair Moussein told the Dutch newspaper Trouw in 1977 (Israel Matzav):
        “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.
        “For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jersusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan. There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation. It is only for political reasons that we carefully underline our Palestinian identity… yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity serves only tactical purposes. The founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in the continuing battle against Israel.”

  • I think I can understand why so many Jews long for Jerusalem as their capital, it is their Holy City after all, but I fear that this will only unite the Arab and Muslim world against it.

    What is more, the U.S. recognizing it and every other nation in the world refusing to follow suit will not do Israel much good in the long term.