Arab foreign ministers are countering U.S. attempts to turn Jerusalem into Israel’s capital by summoning international support to recognize the city as the center of a Palestinian state.
A committee of ministers from Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Palestine met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi to strategize a response to President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
"We (the Arab League) will confront the decision by seeking a resolution, an international one, to recognize a Palestinian state on 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital," Safadi said.
He did not elaborate on the timing of the diplomatic moves nor did he say whether he was referring to a U.N. Security Council or General Assembly resolution.
However, a meeting with all members of the Arab League will be held at the end of the month, the minister said, in order to determine the next mode of action.
Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said the ministerial meeting would also discuss Washington’s role in future Arab-Israeli peacemaking that members states said was now jeopardized by what they see as U.S. bias towards Israel.
“We want to lessen any losses on the Palestinian side and lessen the Israeli gains,” Aboul Gheit added.
Arab states will also discuss whether to convene an extraordinary summit of their leaders or wait until a scheduled summit in the Saudi capital Riyadh at the end of March, he added.
Following Trump’s announcement last month, the organization called for an emergency meeting during which they warned of violence in the region which would doubtlessly follow the move. Since then, protests have raged across Israel with international organizations joining the fight in support of Palestinians.