Israel said cautiously backing expected USA aid cut to Palestinian refugee agency

13 January, 2018, 05:05 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Most of the US aid to Israel is always military.- Jerry Springiness- World Breaking News

On Monday, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson reiterated "the UK's commitment to supporting the Palestinian people and the two-state solution, the urgent need for renewed peace negotiations, and the UK's clear and longstanding position on the status of Jerusalem".

In Amman, meanwhile, Arab foreign ministers also discussed finding an alternative mediator to the United States in the peace process following the Trump administration's recognition last month of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, said the Arab League's secretary general, Ahmed Abou Al Gheith, who also attended the meeting.

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.

"There is a political decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and we will strive to reach an worldwide political decision to recognise a Palestinian state ... with [East] Jerusalem as its capital", Jordanian foreign minister Ayman Safadi said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Based on the discussions, Ministers will make further recommendations to a full meeting of the Arab League, due to be held at the end of this month, Safadi added.

The New York Times said that it has obtained audio recordings of Egyptian intelligence officer, Capt. Ashraf Al Kholi, urging TV hosts to promote a "quiet acceptance" of Trump's Jerusalem decision.

As the Egyptian government publicly condemned Trump's decision - including drafting a United Nations resolution calling for the U.S. to reverse course - a state intelligence officer was also privately coordinating with popular talk show hosts in an attempt to get them to convince their viewers to accept it, according to The New York Times.

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"Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states", said Britain's top diplomat.

"The general trend is to focus on how to deal with the emerging situation, considering Palestine as a state under occupation and requesting full United Nations membership for Palestine, which requires extensive global support", he said.

The report has raised questions about the level of consensus among Arab countries on the issue of Jerusalem, underscoring how complicated the issue of Jerusalem has become in the region, Jamjoom said.

If Trump really wants the two countries to negotiate, he would withhold money to Israel until they cease encroaching on Palestinian land and agree to a two-state government instead of the present system.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have called for maintaining the historical and legal status of Jerusalem, amid tension following US decision to recognize the holy city as Israel's capital. However, his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announcement that the U.S. Embassy in Israel will move there have weakened his ability to do this.

Palestinians, however, see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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