Abbas warns ‘no peace or stability’ without Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (C) called on world powers to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine on Wednesday and said the United States should reverse a decision recognizing the city as Israel’s capital.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (C) called on world powers to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine on Wednesday and said the United States should reverse a decision recognizing the city as Israel’s capital.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a US decision to recognise 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 was “the greatest crime” and a violation of international law.

Wednesday’s summit was hosted by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who has bitterly criticised the United States, a NATO ally, for its stance on Jerusalem.

“I invite all countries supporting international law to recognise Jerusalem as the occupied capital of Palestine. We cannot be late any more,” Erdogan told leaders and ministers from more than 50 Muslim countries.

He described Trump’s decision last week as a reward for Israeli actions including occupation, settlement construction, land seizure and “disproportionate violence and murder”.

“Israel is an occupying state (and) Israel is a terror state,” he said.

Jerusalem, revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, is home to Islam’s third holiest site and has been at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades. Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it in an action not recognised internationally.

Ahead of the meeting, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Muslim nations should urge the world to recognise East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state within its pre-1967 borders.

He said this week Turkey was not seeking sanctions in response to the U.S. move, but wanted the summit to issue a strong rejection of the US decision.


  • Rainbow Sponge

    “Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil urges his government to establish an embassy to the Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Abbas “promised to act quickly to provide property for Lebanon in East Jerusalem,” Bassil says.”

    LOOOOL. The PLO itself isn’t allowed offices in Jerusalem, good luck opening a Lebanese cockroach motel there.

    • Y K

      Bassil rightly counts on his supporters’ clinical stupidity. After all, these people voted for the sh*tty Aounite outfit promising “reform”, “non-sectarianism”, and “fighting corruption”, all the while playing the role first of a Trojan horse, then of a fig leaf for Nasrallah’s thugs.

      • Rainbow Sponge

        Bunch of ass-lickers in Istanbul. The White House gave the perfect response to Mahmoud Abbas’ shenanigan.

        JPost: Abbas ‘distorting’ Trump’s Jerusalem remarks and preventing peace, White House says.

        “This rhetoric, which has prevented peace for years, is not surprising, as we anticipated reactions like this. We will remain hard at work, putting together our plan, which will benefit the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.”

        • Hind Abyad


          “Donald Trump’s rash declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is so out of whack with global opinion and decades of international legal rulings, one has to surmise that the initiative stems from dubious inspiration.

          Turns out that the likely authors of the harebrained idea are Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner (36), and 32-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS).

          Kushner, a dodgy property dealer with no diplomatic experience, is Trump’s unelected top aide, assigned to seal
          the “deal of the century” – meaning bring peace between the Palestinians and Israelis.

          Like the Saudi Crown Prince, with whom Kushner is said to be close friends, the two neophytes think of themselves as “creative innovators”. Wunderkinds.

          Given Kushner’s orthodox Jewish faith and fervent support for illegal Israeli expansionist policies in occupied Palestinian territories his supposed peace mission with the Palestinians is a dead letter.

          Kushner wants the achievement of pulling off the “deal of the century” and to go down as the “greatest diplomat in modern history”. And he wants it all in favor of his beloved Jewish Israel, of course.

          His underachieving Saudi buddy wants a war with Iran because his Wahhabi medieval mindset views Shia Islam as “heretical”. And he has already a big deficit of PR cock-ups to rectify.

          For this, MbS needs Trump and Israel to get on board in order to pursue his glorious messianic endeavor. He gets their favor by selling out the Palestinians. And Zionist Kushner would have absolutely no problems with that little swindle.

          Meanwhile, as a result, the Middle East region is roused to the brink of war and sectarian conflict – all at the behest of two wunderkinds and a president who seems to think that pursuing peace and justice is the same as flogging a piece of real estate.” CRAP

    • Hind Abyad
      • Rainbow Sponge

        That must be your private parts under a microscope. Xoxo

  • Hind Abyad

    ‘In Landmark Ruling, Israel’s Top Court Says State Cannot Hold Bodies of Palestinian Terrorists’
    PM Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the court, charging that Israel ‘shouldn’t give Hamas free gifts’; Justice minister, joined by leading legislators, vows the the gov’t ‘won’t return bodies of terrorists’

    Zionist Israel founding fathers introduced terrorism in Palestine.
    “Coat bomb and explosive prosthesis: British intel files reveal how the Zionist Stern Gang terrorized London”

    • Rascal

      Sorry but muslim terrorists have Jewish terrorist beat hands down. And you don’t need antique pictures, just wait till tomorrow there will be a fresh batch of muslim mayhem with many dead.

      You must have to dig deep to find your unimportant and irrelevant anti-jew articles. You desperately need to keep current.

      • Hind Abyad

        Contemporanious history not Bibiclan antique

  • Hind Abyad

    Lebanese President Michel Aoun delivers a speech during the extraordinary summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey on 13 December 2017 [Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency]’

    Lebanon calls for punishing states which recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital’
    Lebanese President Michel Aoun yesterday called for taking “united and gradual diplomatic and economic punishing measures against any state which recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”, the Anadolu Agency reported.