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Arab League Requests International Aid for Palestinian State

A man holds a placard during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump A man holds a placard during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in Amman
Ellis Copeland | 12 January, 2018, 18:44

Haley and the administration were also angered by action at the UN General Assembly in December, in which member states voted 128-9 to condemn Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the USA embassy there from Tel Aviv.

For decades, powerful Arab states including Egypt and Saudi Arabia have publicly criticized Israel's treatment of the Palestinians, while privately acquiescing to Israel's continued occupation of territory the Palestinians claim as their homeland, the Times noted.

The White House said on Monday U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit the region from January 20 to 23, embarking on a tour originally planned for December after Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In 2012, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in a resolution that said the status of Jerusalem should be resolved through negotiations.

Mr Trump's decision, which overturned decades of United States policy, was overwhelmingly rejected in a UN General Assembly vote on December 21 and criticised by Washington's Arab allies in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu trod carefully on Sunday around a threatened US aid cut to Palestinians, stopping short of backing a funding halt as he repeated calls for a United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees to be dismantled.

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Later, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi held a joint press conference with Abul Gheit during which he said that the ministers are working on forming a delegation to work with the global community to limit the negative consequences of the US Jerusalem move, and highlight its dangers given the national, historical and religious importance of Jerusalem to Muslims and Christians.

"Those who prophesied that the Arab and Muslim response to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital would be apocalyptic - waves of anti-American demonstrations, mass violence against USA citizens, institutions and interests, and the final and irrevocable end of American influence in the region", he added, "[they] seem to have been totally wrong".

Al Karmi also said that: "The Arab and Islamic people have affirmed that they are vigilant, and that they are not too weak to defend Muslims' right".

"Concessions are a must and if we reach a concession whereby Jerusalem will be - Ramallah will be the capital of Palestine, to end the war and so no one else dies, then we would go for it". Especially given the economic constraints from Western sanctions that Russian Federation faces, Putin is simply not in position to offer anything to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would induce him to accept a Palestinian state, much less East Jerusalem as its capital.

While Israel took over East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war and declared the whole city as its eternal indivisible capital in 1980, it has not been recognized by the worldwide community.

Pence will hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Jordan's King Abdullah and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said in a statement.

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