Concrete action needed


At a time when the Muslim countries and Muslims throughout the world are protesting against the US President Trump’s decision on Jerusalem move, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that recognizing Jerusalem as his country’s capital “makes peace possible,” after widespread international criticism of the US decision to do so. US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week has been followed by days of protests and clashes in the Palestinian territories, as well as demonstrations across the Islamic world. The EU expressed alarm at the decision, which upends seven decades of US policy on the disputed holy city, and the bloc’s foreign ministers are set to urge Netanyahu to resume dialogue with the Palestinians as he meets them over breakfast in Brussels. According to Israeli premier what Trump had done was to “put facts squarely on the table” by acknowledging Jerusalem had been the capital of the Israeli state for 70 years and of the Jewish people for 3,000 years. His logic was that it doesn’t obviate peace; it makes peace possible, because recognizing reality is the substance of peace and it’s the foundation of peace.
Netanyahu pointed to a new US peace initiative as a possible way forward. He says that there is now an effort under way to bring forward a new peace proposal by the American administration and we all should give peace a chance. I think we should see what is presented and see if we can advance this peace. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has been working with a small team to develop a new US proposal to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, but it is not clear what progress he is making. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital and previous peace plans have stumbled over debates on whether and how to divide sovereignty or oversee holy sites. Israeli premier takes Trump’s controversial decision as “put facts squarely on the table” by acknowledging Jerusalem had been the capital of the Israeli state for 70 years and of the Jewish people for 3,000 years.
Sofar, nothing came out as concrete to defuse the hostile situation created by the Trump’s decision which is considered as provocative and offending by the Muslim countries. Only protests, demonstrations and adoption of condemning resolutions were surfaced but the observers consider these activities mere eyewash as no country is apparently in a position to challenge the United States and its decision whatever these may be. The Israeli occupation of Palestinian and the Arab territories is a core issue for the whole world including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC); therefore, the general secretariat expressed its anger regarding Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The organization expressed its rejection of the decision, which undermines the political, legal and historical status of Jerusalem, a clear violation of international laws and resolutions, and a departure from the international consensus on the status of Jerusalem, and the requirements of peace in general, thus undermining the American role as a sponsor of the peace process.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told Arab and Islamic leaders on Wednesday that the United States is no longer fit to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and should be replaced as mediator by the United Nations, outlining a significant policy shift in response to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinian people will no longer accept the United States as a peace broker but added that they remain committed to international resolutions which have formed the basis of the process.
He was speaking at the gathering of heads of state and top officials from Islamic nations at a summit in Turkey that is expected to forge a unified Muslim world’s stance against Trump’s move. Abbas considers Trump’s decision was a “crime” which came at a time when the Palestinians were engaged with Washington in a new push to reach what he said was anticipated to be the “deal of our times. The fact is that this issue should be resolved through dialogue and concrete action to this effect is needed. Whatever has done sofar would be considered merely expression of anger and condemnation which is absolutely not enough as after few days, everything would become normal and people will forget this decision except mourning and observing’ memorial day’ on annual basis.