The Disputed Capital – Jerusalem

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It came at first as a speculation but the reality became a real tremor, greater than shock to many as the American President Donald Trump came out to address the waiting press who have converged on the American seat of power in Washington on Thursday 8, December 2017. Without much ado, President Trump announced to the world that he had taken a bold step to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, giving among his reasons was the fact that every thing the state of Israel does comes out of Jerusalem, therefore, he has decided to make this very bold move to make this announcement, what everyone of his predecessors had shied away from and some had also vetoed despite the overwhelming support by American senate for such declaration in the past.


Now, what happens next? this is the question many analysts are asking, but what about the entire Muslim world and leaders?, what actions will be taken. The following days will tell what happens next. Whether there will be the so-called Arab or Palestinian uprising called Intifada in Arabic language. As expected, some Arab leaders such as Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt came out to denounce the call to unilaterally declare Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. Meanwhile, diplomats has warned that the provocative move would only “aggravate the already-heightened tensions” in the region.

A general view of Jerusalem shows the Dome of the Rock, located in Jerusalem al-Quds’s Old City on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount on December 6, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

While the entire members of the United Nations security council’s meeting convened on Friday overwhelmingly condemn Washington’s (Trump’s) Al-Quds decision, thus isolating the President Trump in his support and recognition of Jerusalem Al-Quds as Israel’s capital. Following the security session at the UN, most of Washington’s western traditional allies like Britain, France Germany, Sweden and Italy — issued a joint statement, denouncing Trump’s decision as “unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.”


Among the Arab leaders, Turkey’s President Erdogan was seen to be most outspoken in his condemnation of the move calling it “stupid and dangerous” and says it may lead to a diplomatic showdown with Israel and the USA. While others had shown a look warm reaction to Trumps action, it is left to be seen if at all all Arab leaders can unanimously speak in one voice and sternly kick against the unilateral move to declare Jerusalem AL-Quds as the Jewish state’s capital.


The militant Palestinian faction, Hamas has called on Palestinians to rise up against (Intifada) Israeli occupation on Friday, calling it a “day of rage”. The entire Jerusalem AL-Quds is currently under Israel’s control, while the regime also claims the city’s eastern part, which hosts the third holiest Muslim site. Jerusalem city has been designated as “occupied” under international law since the 1967 Arab War, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.



Analysts believe the move to unilaterally declare Jerusalem Al-Quds as the capital of Israel was very well calculated by Trump, they know it is provocative but conditions surrounding it has made it possible for him to go ahead and do it anyway. It is a known fact that Trump family is very close to the Netanyawus for decades. Analysts says they have been working on this even before Trump became the president of United States, therefore, such things are not completely unexpected from Mr. Trump. If one considers his address, one would notice that he mentioned that his deputy, Pence will travel to the middle east to meet with all Arab leaders, what usually comes out of such meetings?, it is not long ago that the former vice president in Barak Obama’s administration said during a conference that American governments have a way to arm-twist any foreign leaders into submission to washington’s will, whether they like it or not and that is exactly what will happen during Pence’s meetings.


A Palestinian official has claimed tat no official from the Palestinian government including President Abbas would meet with Pence during his visit to the region, but analysts believe that would be very difficult for them to do since the Palestinian government relies mostly on American economic aid to survive. However, a White House aide said Pence “still plans to meet with Abbas as scheduled” and “believes it would be counterproductive for him to pull out of the meeting.”


The entire Jerusalem al-Quds is currently under Israel’s control, while the regime also claims the city’s eastern part, which hosts the third holiest Muslim site. The city has been designated as “occupied” under international law since the 1967 Arab War, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.


In view of these facts one could easily conclude that the Arab leaders have traded the Palestinian’s future for a paltry price. Just few months ago Saudi Arabia was seen organizing other Arab states against another Arab state Qatar, it was not difficult at all for Riyadh to command countries like Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar for allegedly being too close to Iran. One may then ask why is it now difficult for Saudi Arabia to call for such actions against Israel in order to force a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli status-quo problem?, no they can’t do that, as it is much easier to fight among each other as Muslims rather than coming together to fight a common cause that really benefits Muslims all over the world. While our brothers in Palestinians are being subjected to untold hardship on a daily basis, Arab leader fold their hands and watch their sufferings and do nothing. There is too much unhealthy rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, all these is causing a greater damage to the Muslim world, I pray our leaders would listen.


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