President Donald J. Trump seems to have made many people in the Muslim community his enemy by declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, while saying, “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”.
The US President further added that the decision would lead to a peaceful relationship between Palestine and Israel. He said,
“I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process. And to work towards a lasting agreement”.
— Esther Muruaga (@EstherMuruaga) February 16, 2018
The Backlash from World Leaders
While Trump claimed to have delivered what the previous Presidents of the country could not, he has had to face serious criticism from world leaders. Whether it’s the European Union of the United Nations, Middle Eastern countries or South Asian Muslim nations, Trump is in hot water following his controversial statement.
While the status of Jerusalem is still the same, the announcement made by Trump has sparked a series of protests all around the globe and the situation is deteriorating day by day.
Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan has issued several statements in his addresses in the previous days calling Israel a child-murderer and a terrorist country while urging Muslim countries to act as one in the time of crisis.
“Protecting the current status of Jerusalem is very important and it is important that the Islamic world act as one”.
Erdogan further clarified that Turkey and the Islamic world will never abandon the holy city of Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem is the apple of our eye. We will not abandon it to the child-murderer state. We will not abandon it to an occupier state. We will continue our struggle within law and democracy. In Istanbul, we will unite Islamic countries, leaders, and heads of states”.
Decision to Open Embassy in East Jerusalem
Erdogan has announced to open an Embassy in East Jerusalem while pleading the world leaders to recognize the Holy city as the capital of the conflicted state.
Turkey’s stance on the issue has remained the same right from day Trump made the controversial speech, and the Turkish administration is openly lambasting the decision made by the US President.
Erdogan declared in a speech made earlier, “God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there”.
Jerusalem holds a paramount significance among the Muslims community around the globe, and the move by the Republican has daunted the entire Muslim Ummah. The decision to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians seek to be the capital of the state they demand, remains an ambiguous one, considering the fact that Israel has got the hold on majority
— Rabbi Shmuley (@RabbiShmuley) February 13, 2018
Like other Muslim countries, Qatar was quick to respond to Trump’s statement, declaring it unacceptable. The Qatari government lambasted the announcement made by the Trump administration calling the move “a dangerous escalation” while declaring it a “death sentence” for future peace negotiations”.
The Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani “warned [Trump] of the serious repercussions of this step, which would further complicate the situation in the Middle East and negatively affect the security and stability in the region”.
Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations said:
“Since we are discussing today the culture of peace item and we are in the midst of developments in the Middle East, achieving peace requires us to emphasize the importance of avoiding any actions that contradict this lofty goal, namely the sustainable peace that the world needs today more than ever before. With regard to the Middle East and without resolving the Palestinian issue, peace in the Middle East will remain an elusive goal”.
— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) February 8, 2018
The Hypocrisy of Turkey & Qatar?
While the governments of the two countries have openly bashed the Trump Administration as well as the Israeli government, however, contrary to their words, the leaders of Qatar and Turkey have failed to isolate Israel.
Whether it’s the military exercises or the regular functioning of the Israeli embassy in both countries, Qatar and Turkey are yet to take a solid decision. Showing flexibility in the diplomatic relations speaks loudly of the dual nature of the two countries.
Bluntly bashing Israel regarding the Palestine issue, while retaining ever-growing diplomatic relationship does not bode very well for the Islamic fraternity around the world.
Not just this, the two countries have openly accused Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of Zionism, the Kingdom’s stance is evident from the fact that it does not have any kind of diplomatic ties with the Jewish state, Israel.
Barclays Bank charged over 'unlawful' Qatar loans https://t.co/18Xy1iHidC
— cunmarket.com (@ebscbwi) February 12, 2018
Turkey and Israel enjoy fostering bilateral ties in terms of commerce. Both countries trade military equipment in addition to food items, which has led to a strong economic relationship since the signing of investment treaty in 1998.
On the other hand, Qatar has been on the move for a few months now in a bid to build a long-term relationship with the Jewish community worldwide particularly Israel. In September 2017, Qatar hired Stonington Strategies for $50,000 a month to help develop a strong relationship with the United States as well as Israel.
The Head of Stonington Strategies, Nick Muzin was under the contract to “advise on ways to build a closer relationship with the United States and improve ties with the Jewish community worldwide.”
Qatar’s Isolation by the Arab World
The news of Qatar being left alone by the Gulf countries is still fresh and the reason behind the isolation is clear as a daylight. Qatari regime has enjoyed a congenial relationship with the Tel Aviv for a long time now, and despite all the backlash from the Arab World, Qatar continued to receive support from Israel.
The ties between Qatar and Israel were taken aback following the latter’s airstrikes in Gaza in 2008-09, however, the two countries were soon on track to develop strong economic ties yet again.
The Palestine issue is another severe setback for the Muslim community around the world, however, most of the Muslim states stand united against the United States and Israel in the time of crisis.
The Palestinian Authority needs its Muslim brothers and sisters to stand up for what has been the Qibla-e-Awwal of Muslims.