Committee of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the PA, S. Arabia, the UAE to lobby UN for international recognition of Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital; Committee formed in Dec. 2017 “puts the Arab League in charge of the policy on Jerusalem, taking it away from the Palestinians.”
A committee of the Arab League will begin its efforts to lobby support at the United Nations for international recognition of a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as it capital.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi made the announcement on Saturday, the committee made up of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who all met in Amman on Saturday.
According to Safadi, the committee aims to “confront the decision by seeking a (UN) resolution, an international one, to recognize a Palestinian state on 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital,” claiming that “according to international law, Jerusalem is a occupied land.”
The committee was formed following President Trump’s Jerusalem recognition in December. While the committee was formed and is overseen by the Arab League, reports of why the committee was actually created were released a few weeks ago. In a report, a Jordanian official from the Arab League conveyed that Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan were displeased with the way the Palestinians have handled Jerusalem, and as a result have formed a new committee that “puts the Arab League in charge of the policy on Jerusalem, taking it away from the Palestinians.”
The official reported to Israeli media, “This is a super committee that is headed by the secretary general of the Arab League, and it effectively puts the Arab League in charge of the policy on Jerusalem, taking it away from the Palestinians. The Palestinians’ efforts to sway public opinion have been a complete failure, and as a result, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has created a rift between us [the Arab world] and Trump. We are once again left with the demagogic, hollow and inflammatory rhetoric of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”
Saudi Arabia denied the reports, the Kingdom’s Ambassador to the United States stating in response, “The Kingdom remains committed to a settlement based on the Arab peace initiative of 2002, including East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders. To suggest otherwise is false.”
The committee will meet next in March of this year during an Arab League summit in Riyadh.
Photo: Arab League, Wikimedia Commons, 2017.