Arab League Calls Emergency Session as Trump’s Jerusalem Annoucement Looms

December 5, 2017

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The Arab League’s assistant secretary-general, Hossam Zaki, told reporters in Cairo on Monday that representatives of the Arab League will convene urgently on Tuesday to debate the issue of Jerusalem, in response to a request from the Palestinian Authority.

The meeting comes in response to media reports that President Donald Trump is planning to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump will reportedly make an announcement on Dec. 6.

According to a statement by the PA Foreign Ministry, on Sunday, PA Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki requested the emergency meetings in phone calls to Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Yousef al-Othaimeen,.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit warned Saturday that if the United States were to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, this would fuel extremism and violence.

“Today we say very clearly that taking such action is not justified … It will not serve peace or stability, but will fuel extremism and resort to violence,” Aboul Gheit said in a statement.

“It only benefits one side; the Israeli government that is hostile to peace,” Gheit added.

The PA and Hamas also warned Trump that relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem would lead to the “complete destruction of the peace process.”

A PA spokesman said that “the world will pay the price” for a change in Jerusalem’s status, and such a change “would represent a US assault on the city and give legitimacy to [Israel] over the city.”

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