Mus­lims mull emer­gency meet­ings on Trump’s move against al-Quds

Trump still weigh­ing whether to rec­og­nize al-Quds as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal: Kush­ner

Tehran Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Jordan has ini­ti­ated a di­plo­matic cam­paign to mo­bi­lize Arab and Mus­lim states against an ex­pected United States move to rec­og­nize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal.

The U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­port­edly plans to rec­og­nize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the cap­i­tal of Is­rael in a speech on Wed­nes­day in an ap­par­ent bid to off­set his pledge to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

A se­nior Jor­da­nian di­plo­matic source said Amman, the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the Arab League (AL), would in­vite mem­bers of the Arab sum­mit and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) to con­vene an emer­gency meet­ing if the recognition is ex­tended.

Mem­ber coun­tries are to “dis­cuss ways of deal­ing with the con­se­quences of such a de­ci­sion that raised alarm and con­cern,” the source said.

The di­plo­matic source said Trump’s de­ci­sion “could ul­ti­mately ham­per all ef­forts to get the peace process mov­ing and holds a very high risk of pro­vok­ing Arab and Mus­lim coun­tries and Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties in the West.”

The en­tire al-Quds is cur­rently un­der Is­rael’s con­trol while the regime also claims the city’s eastern part which hosts the third holi­est Mus­lim site.

The city has been designated as “oc­cu­pied” un­der in­ter­na­tional law since the 1967 Arab War, which Pales­tini­ans want as the cap­i­tal of their fu­ture state.

Jordan is the cus­to­dian of Jerusalem al-Quds’ Mus­lim holy sites, mak­ing Amman sen­si­tive to any changes of sta­tus of the oc­cu­pied city. “It is es­sen­tial no uni­lat­eral de­ci­sions are made that would change the his­toric sta­tus quo of Jerusalem [al-Quds] as an oc­cu­pied city whose fate needs to be de­ter­mined in fi­nal sta­tus talks within an over­all peace pack­age,” the Jor­da­nian source said.

Trump’s con­tro­ver­sial dec­la­ra­tion on Sun­day drew crit­i­cism from the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity (PA), with the PA Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas warn­ing that any change in U.S. pol­icy on al-Quds would se­ri­ously un­der­mine peace ef­forts and harm Pales­tine’s in­ter­ests.

Trump still weigh­ing

Trump has not yet made a de­ci­sion on whether to for­mally rec­og­nize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal, his ad­viser and son-in-law Jared Kush­ner said on Sun­day, a move that would break with decades of the U.S. pol­icy and could fuel vi­o­lence in the Mid­dle East.

“He’s still look­ing at a lot of dif­fer­ent facts, and then when he makes his de­ci­sion, he’ll be the one to want to tell you, not me,” Kush­ner said at an an­nual con­fer­ence on U.S. pol­icy in the Mid­dle East or­ga­nized by the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion think tank in Wash­ing­ton.

A se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said last week that Trump could make the an­nounce­ment on Wed­nes­day.

Kush­ner is lead­ing Trump’s ef­forts to restart long-stalled Is­raeli-Pales­tinian peace talks, ef­forts that so far have shown lit­tle progress. Past U.S. pres­i­dents have in­sisted that the sta­tus of al-Quds (Jerusalem) -- home to sites holy to the Jewish, Mus­lim and Chris­tian re­li­gions -- must be de­cided in ne­go­ti­a­tions. The Pales­tini­ans want al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the cap­i­tal of their fu­ture state, and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity does not rec­og­nize Is­rael’s claim on all of the city.

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

A se­nior Jor­da­nian source said on Sun­day that Amman, has be­gun con­sul­ta­tions on con­ven­ing an emer­gency meet­ing of the Arab League and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion be­fore Trump’s ex­pected dec­la­ra­tion this week.

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