Tag Archives: Jerusalem

The United States should listen to Jordan on the Jerusalem decision

Source: The Hill
by Brian Katulis & Alia Awadallah

“Some countries, like Turkey, have angrily protested Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. embassy there. Others, like Saudi Arabia, had signaled interest in advancing a peace deal, but have since backed away from visible engagement since Trump’s announcement. Palestinian leaders have signaled they are doubling down on a path of international recognition rather than negotiations, essentially where they have been for more than three years since the last peace efforts collapsed under then Secretary of State John Kerry. For its part, Jordan has focused on a practical diplomatic pathway forward while working to voice concerns widely held across the region about Trump’s Jerusalem decision. With its close bilateral ties with the United States, there are a number of reasons for the United States to pay especially close attention to Jordan on Jerusalem.” (02/01/18)


Pence: US embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem next year

Source: New York Times

“Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday that a new United States Embassy to Israel would open in Jerusalem before the end of 2019. Mr. Pence’s statement, made to the Israeli Parliament during a trip to the Holy Land, follows President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last month, a move that overturned decades of American policy and international consensus on the status of the holy city. Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital or believe it should be divided, with East Jerusalem becoming the capital of a Palestinian state. The international consensus, previously supported by the United States, has been that the city’s status can be determined only through negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.” (01/22/18)


Jordan: Abdullah tells Pence US must rebuild trust after Jerusalem decision

Source: Reuters

“Jordan’s King Abdullah told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday he looked to Washington to rebuild ‘trust and confidence’ in moving toward a two-state solution in Israel after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the country’s capital. With Pence sitting across from him in the royal palace, King Abdullah said Jordan viewed the Israel-Palestinian conflict as a ‘potential major source of instability.’ … At the end of the visit, Pence in remarks to the press said he ‘agreed to disagree’ with King Abdullah on the impact of Trump’s move.” (01/21/18)


Israel: Knesset raises vote threshold to tighten grip on Jerusalem

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Israel on Tuesday raised the number of votes needed for any future vote on ceding parts of Jerusalem to Palestine, in a move that could hamper the division of the city as part of a peace agreement. The amendment to the legislation increased the number of votes required to approve proposals to hand over any section of the city to ‘a foreign party’ from 61 to 80 in the 120-seat Knesset. … US negotiations between Israel and Palestine have been frozen since 2014 but, if resumed, an Israeli parliament majority to approve handing over parts of Jerusalem could complicate efforts to reach a peace agreement. Israel seized control of the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and sees the whole of Jerusalem as its indivisible capital. The Palestinians view the east as the capital of a future state that would also include the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.” (01/02/17)


Nikki Haley: The bold scold of the Trump administration

Source: The American Conservative
by Doug Bandow

“As governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley didn’t have much need to worry about foreign policy. Yet for reasons unknown (other than perhaps her Indian heritage), Donald Trump tapped her to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. There, she has performed to perfection, offering a model of the hubris and lack of awareness that consistently characterize U.S. foreign policy. What makes America different from other nations when it comes to foreign policy is the certainty that it is the right — indeed, the duty — of Americans to run the world. … Other governments have no right to make decisions about their own countries, and need to be told what’s right and wrong by Washington on any and every subject, day or night, in sunshine, rain, or snow. But another element of American exceptionalism is the fact that the U.S. is exempt from the rules it applies to other nations. Washington gets to lecture, but no one gets to tell Americans what they should do.” (12/27/17)


Guatemala: Regime to move embassy to Jerusalem

Source: The Epoch Times

“Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on Sunday he had given instructions to move the Central American country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a few days after his government backed the United States in its decision to move its embassy. … The status of Jerusalem — home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions — is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as their capital.” (12/25/17)


UN votes 128-9 to condemn US embassy move to Jerusalem

Source: ABC News

“The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly defied U.S. warnings and voted Thursday to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. The resolution passed with 128 member states voting in favor of the resolution, nine voting against, and 35 countries abstaining. Israel joined the U.S. in voting ‘no.’ Notable abstentions included U.S. allies Canada and Australia, as well as others like Mexico and Argentina. The vote came after U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley issued a stern warning United Nations that the United States ‘will remember’ countries that voted for the measure.” (12/21/17)


Trump suggests US will cut off aid for countries that vote for UN resolution

Source: The Hill

“President Trump suggested on Wednesday that the United States could withhold foreign aid for countries that vote in favor of a United Nations (U.N.) resolution calling on the U.S. to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Speaking at a Cabinet meeting, Trump echoed a comment made by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley a day earlier, saying that the U.S. would take stock of the countries that voted for the resolution, which is set to go before the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. … Trump said at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday that Americans were ‘tired of this country being taken advantage of’ by other nations willing to oppose the U.S. on the world stage. ‘This isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you, and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody knows what they’re doing,’ he said.” (12/20/17)


Erdogan: Turkey will open embassy to Palestine in east Jerusalem

Source: The Hill

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said his nation plans to open an embassy in east Jerusalem, a move that follows the United States’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. … Erdogan’s statement comes after he and other Muslim world leaders during a summit in Istanbul last week slammed the United States’s announcement about Jerusalem. Erdogan at the summit reportedly called on countries to officially accept that Jerusalem is ‘the occupied capital of Palestine.’ President Trump earlier this month said the United States would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, bucking years of precedent by the international community.” (12/17/17)


Next year in Jerusalem?

Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas says he will no longer accept a role for the United States in the ongoing Arab–Israeli peace negotiations, which have produced little in the way of negotiation and nothing in the way of meaningful peace. If President Abbas desires to end diplomatic relations with the United States, the United States should think seriously about obliging him. … Abbas boasts that the Palestinian state and the Palestinian National Authority no longer receive U.S. aid, but that isn’t quite true. The United States is a very large contributor to UNRWA, the relief agency for Palestinian ‘refugees.’ … The United States is also a large contributor to other U.N. programs and international organizations that provide aid to the Palestinians …. In 2016, the United States gave more in aid to the Palestinians than any other country did. It is time to rethink that.” (12/14/17)