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Jordan draws roadmap as Arabs meet to deal with Trump’s decision

Jordanian diplomacy in full swing to protect Jerusalem’s character, status quo

By JT - Dec 10,2017 - Last updated at Dec 10,2017

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (first row left) attends Arab League meeting to discuss US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (AFP photo)

AMMAN — Jordan suggested a roadmap for Arabs to respond to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, urging orchestrated pan-Arab action to contain the repercussions of the move and prevent any similar decisions.

In his remarks at the Arab League Council’s emergency meeting in Cairo, which was convened upon Jordan’s request as the rotating president of the Arab summit, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi outlined a five-step strategy for Arabs to deal with Trump’s decision, which will be followed by relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

The five-point plan, which Safadi described as “impactful and programmed” calls for “taking action, in coordination with the international community to rescind the decision and taking steps to prevent other countries from following the steps of Washington. This necessitates forming an Arab delegation to visit influential world capitals to push for the two-state solution to the Mideast conflict,” Safadi said, adding that the entire world should then recognise the emerging independent Palestinian state, within the pre-1967 lines and with East Jerusalem as its capital.   

Amman also urged Arab states to adopt an effective approach to explain to the rest of the world the risks inherent in altering the status quo in Jerusalem or its character.

Safadi reiterated Jordan’s rejection of Trump’s decision as a violation of the international law, saying that any new realities stemming from it are null and void. 

He stressed anew that Jerusalem’s fate should be decided in the final-status negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, which should lead to the envisioned Palestinian state.

On the sidelines of the meeting in Cairo on Jerusalem, Safadi met separately with his Egyptian and Palestinian counterparts Sameh Shoukry and Riyad Al Maliki.

During the meetings, Safadi briefed the two ministers on Jordan’s efforts to deal with Trump’s decision. 

Safadi flew to Cairo from Bahrain, where he, earlier in the day, took part in Manama Dialogue 2017, where he stressed that the most serious security threat to the region is the continuation of Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Depriving Palestinians from their legitimate right to establish an independent state on the lines of 1967 amplifies the security threats, he said.

During the dialogue’s first session titled “creating a stable regional security structure”, the top diplomat said that Trump’s decision on Jerusalem would instigate further unrest in the region as it violates all international conventions and increase feelings of “bitterness and frustration”.

The minister noted that it is not possible to accept interventions of “others” in the Arab affairs, as that would lead to more conflicts.  

On Friday, Safadi and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini agreed that the fate of Jerusalem is a final status issue and can only be resolved in final status negotiations in accordance with international resolutions, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. 

During their meeting in Brussels, Safadi and Mogherini stressed on the need to limit the negative consequences of the United States’ decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which was rejected by Jordan because it is a violation of the international law and a dangerous step that will provoke anger throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds.

Safadi said that the occupation is the basis of tension in the region and there will be neither stability nor security without doing justice to Palestinians and their right to freedom and statehood with East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital. 

Mogherini expressed her concern following the US’ decision, stressing on the European Union’s support for the two-state solution as the only way to achieve peace, in which Jerusalem would be a capital for two states. 

 

Mogherini praised Jordan’s role in achieving stability and security under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah, stressing the importance of supporting Jordan.

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Malaysia is ready to send its army to protect Jerusalem. Do the other leaders not think of their akhira.

I think what everybody is trying to say is that they had had enough of everybody playing the crippled and injured predator for Israel. When everybody looks back at Israel, they realize that it wasn't as noble of a cause as everybody thought because it was premised on idealogies based on rogue facist dictatorial states atune to the likings of Mussolini and the kind and their racial terror thugs. Israel wasn't created on the grounds of a noble effort to secure the safety of free-lance inter-faith Jews, but was created with facist dis-pronations of racially biggoted holocaust retribution and cleansing campaigns against the Palestinians and Arabs, who mind you, offered Jews free and clear asylum with free and clear property and ownership rights as the Palestinians had during and after the Holocaust.

Seems these "wise leaders" enjoy riding their private airplanes, wearing their fancy clothes around other "wise leaders" and drinking chai. This "meeting" did not do anything about the illegal occupation of Palestine by zionists or about usa recognizing Al Quds as capital of zionist regieme.
It is past the time of talk. Talk has been done many decades as Palestine suffers and shrinks.
It is time to unite countries "wise leaders" in a plan of action to finally free Palestine from illegal occupation by zionist regieme.
Remember that in WWII not one country in the world was willing to accept Eastern European Zionist Refugees - so they got a UN Resolution to put them in a small piece of Palestine "with boarders to be determined soon". Boarders have never been drawn and approved by UN so zionist regeime is not a country - all real countries have boarders. Instead the world 'talks' while people suffer to death as zionists spread their people through Palestine.
Have the People become so uncareing as to sit in their homes and do nothing of purpose with their lives? Do the People fear the battlefield? Yet they pray. Prayer without action is nothing. Talk without action is nothing

'I wish Israel was next door to Afghanistan, we will make Israelis lick Palestinian shoes and make them walk back bear feet from Al Quds to Poland and Germany' - now you are just being silly!

The Arab League Council, IMHO, is a toothless organisation that has not, consistently, addressed the Palestinian question - if Trump's decision (passed by the US Congress) galvanises the Arab League into meaningful action, then maybe some good will come of this, whether it's a one- or two-state solution that will ultimately generate a political pathway for a long-term peaceful solution?

Blah, blah, blah...

In a sense, I would wish for aliens to rule our planet Earth but the question is would they do it peacefully?

Arab brothers Please stop talking. You are all full of hot air! The world is laughing at you so hard, Yes you Saudi Arabia with your traditional clothing they are laughing at you, saying what a bunch of idiots sitting on oil fields. Egypt yes they are laughing at you too. Gulf countries they are laughing at you. Don't you think its time to be men. I mean really! It's time to start a war with Israel and take what is rightfully yours. If you fear men then Allah then you are not worth living. Go to kitchen peel potatoes. Can you imagine Israel,A nasty mouth, tiny piece of shit is bullying 22 Arab countries. I wish Israel was next door to Afghanistan, we will make Israelis lick Palestinian shoes and make them walk back bear feet from Al Quds to Poland and Germany.

HOW MANY ARAB MEETINGS DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE ONE VOICE?. THE FACT IS THAT ALMOST ALL ARAB LEADERS WANTED MR TRUMP IF NOT EVEN MORE. THEY ALL HATED MR OBAMA BECAUSE HE REFUSED TO THROW MORE FLAMES ON THE BURNING FUEL IN THE MIDDLE EAST. IN FACT THE LEVEL OF HATE DURING THE OBAMA'S PRESIDENCY WAS SO DEEP THAT I COULD NOT EVEN SEE WHY AND IF RACISM WAS A FACTOR. NOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR MAN, GIVE HIM A CHANCE TO SATISFY HIS BASE. HONESTLY, I THINK THAT THIS MEETING IS ONLY A SHOW AND NOTHING SHOULD BE EXPECTED OUT OF IT. THE REGION NEED PEACE.

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