President Trump’s most controversial foreign policy announcement on December 6th saw the holy city of Jerusalem being recognized as Israel’s capital as well as US Embassy to be moved there from Tel Aviv. As expected the decision was hailed by the awarded side and met with fierce out lash from Palestinians who are still protesting the decision after more than 100 days.
The Jerusalem conflict was the most paradoxical topic to be resolved in order to bring forth peace in the not only between the two parties, Israel and Palestine but to the entire region. The Palestinian policy on the topic is clear that no peace deal will go through unless East Jerusalem was made capital of their own independent state while Israel had stated the entire city as its “eternal and undivided capital”.
“These condemned and unacceptable measures are a deliberate undermining of all efforts exerted to achieve peace and represent a declaration of the United States’ withdrawal from undertaking the role it has played over the past decades in sponsoring the peace process,” said Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President.
President Trump declared that the decision has proceeded because it was a part of his election campaign and he came through while all other previous presidents have failed to do so.
“We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past,” The American President said. “It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem… pic.twitter.com/YwgWmT0O8m
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2017
Palestinians’ chief delegate to Washington, Husam Zomlot, has defined the move of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a “stab in the back”. The decision has got negative criticism from Europe and Middle Eastern countries alike. Even the POPE had strong words about this issue.
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) December 6, 2017
Saudi Arabia was not in favor of the move and labeled it in terms of ill-mannered and uncalled for while warning America to be ready for the heat they will face from the Muslim World. While the relations between Trump administration and Saudi Arabia are believed to amiable, this deal is most certain to raise issues between the two parties.
Speaking about the whole misadventure from the US administration Saudi Prince was keen to focus on the efforts that are furthering peace in the region. Proclaiming himself to be the glass half full kind of person he says it’s important not to give heed to issues that will stir uneasiness but rather more productive is setting sights on resolving the issues which promise to settle the fray in the region and are in the interest of Palestine.
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) March 17, 2018
While the Saudi Royal Family has severely chastised Mr. Trump’s decision, the act might have established Crown Prince Credibility among fellow Arabs and weaken their perception of MBS to be unnecessarily gracious with Mr. Kushner and in turn with the US.
According to multiple officials, Kushner saw the Jerusalem issue as a stepping stone to solidify his wavering authority in the White House and backed the move to go ahead even as Sectary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis were against it. He was suspected to encourage Donald Trump to make the contestable move that experts believe to cause a major dent in his peace efforts which were to reinforce trust of the Arab World.
Twenty-two years ago “Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995” was passed which has three major points
- That Jerusalem should remain an undivided city with respect for all ethnic and religious groups.
- That Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel.
- That the US Embassy should be moved to Jerusalem.
And it also allowed a US President to delay its implementation by signing a waiver every sixth month to which every president until Trump has heeded to and his undertaking will finally see to the act’s materialization. The US President Trump has insisted that the declaration is no way supporting of Israel’s sovereignty and they are still backing the two-state solution where Jerusalem would be the capital of both Israel and an independent Palestinian state.