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Arab League warns against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital


Cairo, Dec 4 (IANS) : The Arab League (AL) warned on Sunday against the "hazardous consequences" if the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"If implemented, it would mark a change in Washington's historical stance that sees the holy city as an occupied Palestinian city and an integral part of the occupied Palestinian lands," Xinhua quoted Saeed Abu-Ali, AL Assistant Secretary General for the occupied Palestinian and Arab lands, as saying.

The statement was issued after US media reported on Friday that US President Donald Trump was considering to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and might make an announcement on Wednesday.

Trump vowed during his presidential campaign to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a disputed holy city which the Palestinians want to be the capital city for their future state.

Abu-Ali said that such US recognition would give Israel the green light to continue its breaches of international resolutions and its occupation of the Palestinian lands, urging Washington to act as an 'impartial broker" of the peace process.

Over the past couple of days, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been contacting with and seeking support from Arab and Western leaders, warning about the potential destructive effects of the relocation of the US embassy.

The decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict emerged since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the Western-backed creation of Israel in 1948.

Israel is blamed by the international community for the deadlock of the peace process since 2014 due to its settlement expansion policy, which is rejected even by the US -- its strongest ally.

The Palestinians seek to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital in the light of the UN-proposed two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders.

 

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  • NR, mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    JEWS killed thousand thousands peoples. Time will be change, you cannot stop even 1 second.

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  • Chris, Tel Aviv

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Every inch of Israel belongs to Jews and Jews alone .we the Christians of the world will never let any harm come to Israel or the Jews . God bless Israel .

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Bethlehem is the birthplace of Jesus Christ and therefore a holy site to Christians around the world. From AC 637, it was the capital of Palestine. Now, Jews claim, it is the capital of Israel, before AC 637, and it was. Unlike Ayodhya, this is more difficult to resolve.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    jerusalem should b da capital of israel. bethlem should be under da control of christians.

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  • Santan Mscarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    David

    You are right. I thought Bethlehem is in Jerusalem.

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  • Rob Stan, Udupi / US

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Bethlehem & Jerusalem are two separate cities. Bethlehem used to be with Israel & now with Palestine. Jerusalem is in Israel. Mostly Palestinians stay in East Jerusalem & they want it as their future capital.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    da whole land presently captured by palestine belongs 2 israel. bethlaham & jerusalem b it with israel v christians have no problem whatsoever.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Well, Palestine are saying it's Thiers as well.
    Because if it's history you are quoting, then the bsbrimasjid issue is over and done with.

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  • S. FERNANDES, Mangalore, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    I know BC and AD. This AC means Air Conditioner ?

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Fernandes

    Thank you for correction.

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