Islamic Summit: Trump’s decision on Jerusalem nourishes terrorism

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The final communiqué of the Islamic Summit in Istanbul, on Wednesday, called on the world to recognize the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, pointing out that the United States should withdraw from the peace process. The leaders of the participating Islamic countries also considered US President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem to be "irresponsible, null and void", suggesting that it fuels "extremism and terrorism." Palestinian President ...

Mahmoud Abbas: Trump’s ‘crime’ over Jerusalem prevents US peace role

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a crime, which showed that Washington should no longer play a role in Middle East peace talks. Addressing an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Turkey, Abbas said President Donald Trump was giving Jerusalem away as if it were an American city. “Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Palestine,” he said, adding Trump’s decision ...

Israel hits Hamas in Gaza after rocket fire at Israeli city

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Israeli military says it has carried out airstrikes in Gaza is response to rocket fire toward southern Israel. The military says it struck a Hamas military compound in southern Gaza early on Wednesday. No casualties were reported.The strike followed a rocket fired late Tuesday toward Israel’s southern coastal city of Ashkelon. It was intercepted by the anti-missile Iron Dome defense system.OPINION: On the road to Jerusalem Israel typically responds to each Gaza attack and holds ...

Saudi King, Crown Prince discuss Jerusalem issue with Jordanian King

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held a session of official talks with King Abdullah of Jordan at his palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. They discussed the latest developments in the region, particularly those related to Jerusalem and the dangerous repercussions following the US decision recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving of its embassy to Jerusalem. They emphasized that the US decision will complicate the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in addition to the security and ...

Two Palestinians killed in Gaza, Israel denies claim of attack

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Two Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday with authorities in the Hamas-run territory blaming an Israeli strike, but Israel's military immediately denied the claim, AFP reported.Palestinian health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP the two men were killed "in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza after an Israeli strike targeted a motorcycle."The Israeli army immediately denied it, saying in a statement "contrary to Palestinian reports earlier today, the (army) did ...

Israeli minister Lieberman calls Arab MPs ‘war criminals’

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Israel’s defense minister on Monday called Arab MPs “war criminals”, a day after he urged a boycott of Israeli Arabs living near the scene of clashes over the US president’s Jerusalem declaration. Avigdor Lieberman was speaking in a televised parliamentary debate on a motion of no confidence in the right-wing government filed by the mainly Arab Joint List alliance. Presenting the motion, Joint List lawmaker Hanin Zoabi said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “should ...

Putin and Erdogan warn of rising tension after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned against the repercussions of Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel asserting it would be the cause of heightened tension in the Middle East and derail the peace process. "Russia and Turkey believe that this decision does not help stabilize the situation in the Middle East, but on the contrary, it adds to an already complex situation," Putin said. Speaking Monday after a ...

Egypt's President Sisi receives Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday to discuss the repercussions of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Ambassador Bassam Radi, the spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency, said that a lengthy session of talks was held between the delegations of the two countries to review the latest developments. Egypt asserted keeping the historical and legal status of Jerusalem within the framework of the ...

On the road to Jerusalem

Monday, 11 December 2017

I understand Arab and Muslim anger and general anger of the American decision to transfer the US embassy to West Jerusalem after it recognized it as the capital of Israel. The word “Jerusalem” alone is enough to move general sentiment of Muslims in particular and of course of Christians and Jews. Jerusalem is the city of prayer, as Fairuz sang, and the soul’s capital where all three monotheistic religions meet. The image of Jerusalem’s mosques has been printed on Saudi ...

Mashari Althaydi

US embassy to Jerusalem: The Aftermath

Monday, 11 December 2017

There are a number of statements that we can agree on: recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the American embassy to it is a shortsighted, irresponsible decision by US President Trump. This should be the time the disadvantaged parties to reexamine the history of the Middle East conflict with clear eyes and intellectual minds instead of the prevailing emotional reaction of old.The future is bleak long as Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims keep resorting to same old feel-good ...

Walid Jawad

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