Muslims mull emergency meetings on Trump’s move against al-Quds
Trump still weighing whether to recognize al-Quds as Israel’s capital: Kushner
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.