Jordan's King Concerned over the Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

The king told the vice president that his only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a two-state solution and that East Jerusalem should become the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Jordan was the second stopover in the Middle East for 4 days vice president of the United States.

His first stop was Cairo where he promised that America would continue to support Egypt in its fight against terrorism.

Before flying to Israel, Pence would meet with American troops in the region.

in Knesset, the Israeli parliament and met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu said Sunday (21/1) in his cabinet meeting that Pence was "a true and true friend of Israel." The prime minister added that he said the embarrassing act that the main Arab party in parliament was planning to boycott Pence's speech on Monday.

Pence, a conservative Christian, helped to drive the recognition of Jerusalem by the Americans as the capital of Israel, a decision welcomed by conservative Christians in United States.

Pence's visit to the Middle East is the highest-level visit by US officials to the region since President Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December. Pence is not expected to meet with Palestinian leaders. [gp]

British PM and Trump Discuss US recognition of Jerusalem

British Prime Minister Theresa May phoned US President Donald Trump on Tuesday and discussed Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump's decision triggered the UN General Assembly to hold rare emergency meetings at the request of Arab and Muslim countries.

The telephone conversation was revealed by a Downing Street spokesman, who said the two leaders discussed their "different positions" about Jerusalem. The telephone conversation came a day after May and leaders of 13 other UN Security Council members voted in favor of a resolution requiring that the Trump declaration be revoked. The United States vetoed the resolution.

The 193-member UN General Assembly will hold a vote on the resolution on Thursday, according to the Palestinian envoy to the UN, Riyad Mansour. This vote is not binding, but it has political weight.

Prime Minister May and President Trump also discussed "their deep concerns about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen," the spokesman said. A senior UN official said Monday (18/12) that the disputing factions should allow more aid to be sent to nearly 8.5 million people who "face hunger" in Yemen.

"They agreed it was important to reopen the humanitarian and commercial pathways to prevent hunger and alleviate the suffering of the people. innocent Yemeni people, "said the spokesman.

Theresa May explained to Trump about" recent good progress "in the Brexit talks and" agreed on the importance of a rapid bilateral Brexit trade deal, "according to the spokesman. He added Trump outlined "the progress he has made on his economic agenda. "[sp/ii]

UN Security Council Plans to Votise Reject US Recognition of Jerusalem

The UN Security Council on Monday (18/12) plans to vote on a draft resolution that denies US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, the US is likely to veto the Egyptian-sponsored text.

The Reuters news agency said the resolution did not name America or President Donald Trump. But the draft reveals "deep regret over the recent decision on the status of Jerusalem." The draft also called on all UN members to refrain from establishing an embassy in Jerusalem.

There has been no response so far from America, but the answer may appear as a veto on Monday.

President Trump said his decision last week recognized Jerusalem and eventually moving the American embassy there was a "reality recognition," saying it was not only a historic capital for Jews but also the capital of modern Israel.

Many European countries and other countries judged Trump's decision wrong and said no plans to move the embassy they are to Jerusalem.

Israel says Jerusalem has so far become its undivided eternal capital. But the Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the future capital of the country, and claim the American announcement is canceling the peace talks.

The United States states the physical location of its embassy is not related to talks on a two-state solution in the Middle East. [ka]

US Recognition of Jerusalem Like Throwing Bombs into the Middle East

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again criticized US President Donald Trump over his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Erdogan called Trump's decision like a bomb thrown into the Middle East.

In a recent statement delivered during the opening of a new subway line in Istanbul, as reported by AFP Saturday (16/12/2017), Erdogan insists Muslims will never accept the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital Israel.

"(US decision like) New bombs thrown into the Middle East's lap," Erdogan said in his latest statement.

Erdogan again reiterated his accusation that Israel is a 'terror state' because of its treatment of the Palestinians. "Trying to make Jerusalem a capital of a terrorist state is not a situation acceptable to Muslims," ​​he added.

Furthermore, Erdogan encourages world Muslims to take more decisive steps or face consequences.

"The decision of Jerusalem marks a new operation targeting the Muslim world, and if Muslims fail to show reactions in the legal framework necessary to deal with this issue, believe in me that there will be more to come," he said.

In a previous statement, Erdogan said Turkey was working on a number of steps at the United Nations to annul the US decision on Jerusalem. This step is not easy because the US who is a permanent member of the UN Security Council has a veto, which means any step against them will be blocked.

"We will seek an injunction for this unfair decision, first in the UN Security Council and if veto appear there, then to the General Assembly, "Erdogan said to the Turkish crowd at Konya. "There is no country in the world that is above international law," he added.

On Wednesday (13/12) local time, Erdogan chaired the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Summit (OIC Summit) which in its final statement declared East Jerusalem – now occupied by Israel – as the capital of a Palestinian state.

The OIC also called on the world's nations to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. But in the meeting, OIC states did not agree on a concrete or specific sanction for the United States or Israel.

(nvc / tor)

Head of the Arab League calls for recognition of Palestinian state

The head of the Arab League has called on countries in the world to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state with Jerusalem as the capital. The move was in response to the announcement of US President Donald Trump that he would recognize the city as the capital of Israel and move the American Embassy there.

Ahmed Aboul-Gheit delivered the call Saturday at the beginning of an emergency meeting between the foreign ministers of the Arab League. He added that the American decision was "equal to the legalization of the occupation."

He also said the decision raises questions about the role of America as a peace negotiator in the Middle East and around the world.

Some Arab diplomats also propose to submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council condemning the American decision.

The Cairo meeting on Saturday was held after three days of consecutive protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and protests at Al-Azhar Mosque. [vm]