Rabat - US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has set the world on fire. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has once again attacked Trump for his move, describing it as a “gift to Zionist movement.”
Rabat – US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has set the world on fire. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has once again attacked Trump for his move, describing it as a “gift to Zionist movement.”
Today, Muslim leaders and high-level representatives are meeting together in Istanbul, Turkey for a Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting after an invitation by the country’s president, Tayyip Erdogan. Since last Wednesday, Erdogan has been voicing his anger on the Jerusalem issue, attacking both the US president and Israel.
On December 10, Erdogan called Israel a “terrorist state” and a “child killer,” saying Trump’s move was “provocative and unjust.”
The president made his speech just days after Trump vowed to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and decided to recognize the area as Israel’s capital. Erdogan called Trump’s move as “null and void.”
Today, Abbas told the summit’s attendees that Trump’s move undermined possible peace negotiations over the area. The president stressed that Jerusalem will be always the capital of Palestine, addressing a warning message to Trump that “there will be no peace nor stability without that.”
#BREAKING Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas slams Jerusalem recognition as Trump’s ‘gift to Zionist movement’
— AFP news agency (@AFP) December 13, 2017
Abbas added that Washington no longer has a role to play in the MENA peace process.
During the same meeting, Erdogan called the world to declare East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, reported Australian news outlet SBS.
“I am inviting the countries who value international law and fairness to recognise occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine,” Erdogan told the attendees, saying Muslim countries would “never give up” on this demand.
Erdogan: World should recognise Jerusalem as Palestinian capital https://t.co/SLXSWhuzez
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 13, 2017
On December 9, foreign ministers at the Arab League Council held an emergency meeting to discuss Trump’s decision. During the meeting, foreign ministers, including Morocco’s Nasser Bourita, denounced the US decision. The high-level representatives also vowed their countries’ commitment to support the Palestinian cause, and to urge the US to reconsider its decision.