Trump shakes the fragile balance of the Middle East by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

The Arab League, at the request of the Palestinian National Authority, has requested an emergency meeting to discuss the matter. Turkish President Recep Erdogan summoned Muslim leaders to a summit in Istanbul on December 13. Pope Francis asked for “wisdom and prudence.”

Leaders of the Arab world, and even Pope Francis, have expressed concern about the intention of the US government to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel , because it can alter the peace process in the Middle East and pose a threat to security and stability in the region.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump informed Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdelfatah al-Sisi, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, his intention to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a decision that can be announced this same Wednesday.

“The president will say that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital ,” a spokesman for the president said Tuesday in a conference call with journalists, who explained that the decision is due to the historical importance of this city for Jews and because it They find the headquarters of most of Israel’s governmental institutions. He explained that it will take some time for safety and logistics issues.

Muslim leaders

But the decision has ignited the alarms of the Arab and Muslim world. The Arab League, through Jordan and at the request of the Palestinian National Authority, convened an emergency meeting on Wednesday of the region’s foreign ministers to address the issue.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will organize a summit of leaders of Muslim countries on 13 December in Istanbul, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

“Our President of the Republic is convening an extraordinary summit of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to allow Muslim countries to act in a unified and coordinated way before these events,” said the spokesman of the Turkish presidency, Ibrahim Kalin.

Pope Francis

But even beyond the Muslim sphere, Pope Francis asked to respect the status quo of Jerusalem and to impose “wisdom and prudence” to avoid new conflicts.

Francisco said he was “deeply concerned” about the latest events, and declared that Jerusalem is a unique and sacred place for Christians, Jews and Muslims and that it has a “special vocation for peace.”

“I pray to God that his identity will be preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world, and that wisdom and prudence prevail to avoid adding new elements of tension in a global context already convulsed by many conflicts. cruel, “said Francisco.

Silence in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been silent on the controversial issue in a speech on Wednesday on new regional diplomatic relations, in which he pointed out the threat that, according to him, represents Iran and the powers of his country in the field of security and the economy.

East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians claim as the capital of their future state, is occupied by Israel since the Six Day War of 1967, and was annexed in 1980 in a unilateral Israeli decision that the international community did not recognize.

Today no country has its embassy in Jerusalem and the transfer of the American diplomatic headquarters would be understood as the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the entire city, including the occupied part.

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