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The antidote to US actions on Jerusalem

May 19,2018 - Last updated at May 19,2018

During a recent meeting with EU ambassadors in Amman, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi called on EU countries to recognise East Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine, sooner than later.

Foreign Minister Safadi is correct in asking countries, including EU nations which rejected US President Donald Trump's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, to offer an appropriate antidote to these illegal US actions by recognising East Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine, here and now.

It is not enough to condemn recent US policies and actions on the Holy City of Jerusalem. There is an urgency for a parallel and complementary policy and action to remedy these policies and actions, and what better way to do so than to save East Jerusalem at least from Israeli designs and US misguided manipulations, by immediately serving notice to the international community that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.

As a matter of fact, all nations which voted at the UN against recent US actions on Jerusalem should recognise East Jerusalem as a Palestinian city, with its holy places under the Hashemite custodianship. The sooner this is done the better. Otherwise, a vacuum would be created on the fate of East Jerusalem that Israel and its supporters would be more than happy to fill at the expense of peace and security in the area.

A time will soon come when nations which support the Palestinian yearning to have their own independent state in the West Bank will also have to pronounce themselves on this legitimate right. Recognising the West Bank, occupied by Israel in 1967, as the future Palestinian state would also complement the recognition of East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. This way, the international community would be able to frustrate the Israeli designs on Palestinian lands and foreclose all illegal actions against them.

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THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING AND SO FAR NOT EVEN THIS ARTICLE HAS EXPLAINED THIS. ONE THING IS / ARE
THE CORRECT BOARDERS BUT THE BIG ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IS THE FACT THAT WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE STATE OF PALESTINE IS CALLED OR NICKNAMED AS AN AUTHORITY EVEN AT THE UNITED NATION. SO MY QUESTION IS WHAT IS HOLDING UP THE DECLARATION OF THE PALESTINIAN STATE? WHY IS IT STILL CALLED AN AUTHORITY? HAS ALL THE ARAB WORLD RECOGNISED ANY FORM OF PALESTINIAN STATE? WHAT IS HOLDING THE UNITED NATION FROM A FULL RECOGNITION OF PALESTINE AS A COUNTRY? DO THE ARAB WORLD HAVE ANY COHESSIVE POWER TO ASK UN TO RECOGNISE PALESTINE AS A STATE? AS FAR AS I HAVE HEARD, READ AND SEEN, THE STATE OF ISRAEL HAS NOT SAID THAT THE PALESTINIAN STATE CAN NOT EXIST SO WHAT IS THE HOLD UP. ALL WHAT THE PALESTINIANS HAS TO DO IS TO DECLARE INDEPENDENT WITH THEIR CAPITAL WHERE HAS BEEN PROPOSED TO BE BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. ONCE A STATE IS DECLARED, ALL COUNTRIES WILL TAKE A STAND AND THE UNITED NATION THEN MUST COME IN TO DRAW AND DECLARE THE BOUNDRIES. THIS IDEA THAT ANY ONE NATION DO HAVE THE SOLE AUTHORITY OR MONOPOLY TO DO THE JOB OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS UNDEMOCRATIC AND AGAINST THE LEGAL AND MORAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE UN CHARTER. WE ALL LOOK SILLY BY CONTINUING TO CYCLE THE SAME WAGON OF JEBRISH.

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