While admitting he took PM Netanyahu’s pre-election annexation statements with a “pinch of salt,” Jordan’s king added that such comments do “not help at all.”
Jordan’s King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 25, 2018. (photo credit: CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS)
The Israel-Palestinian conflict is the “core conflict” in the Middle East and has done more “global damage” than any other conflict in the world, Jordan’s King Abdullah said at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
That, perhaps, is the reason why he devoted nearly five minutes of a nine-minute address to the issue, while never once mentioning other pressing issues in the region, such as the situation in neighboring Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, or in nearby Lebanon, Iran and Yemen.
“Neither side has achieved the durable peace that a secure future depends on, and regional and world stability has continued to pay the price,” he asserted.
Using lofty rhetoric, Abdullah said that “segregation, force, displacement, violence and mistrust do not belong in this Holy Land.”
He invoked the name of his father King Hussein, whose attacks on Israel during the Six Day War led to Israel’s hold on the West Bank, and said that he decried in a speech to the UN 40 years ago the “occupation and attempts, in his words, to eradicate from the world’s memory centuries of history and tradition, and spiritual, moral and cultural ideals.”
Referring to Jerusalem, he said that “all attempts to alter the legal status of east Jerusalem, and the authentic, historic character of the Holy City of Jerusalem” must be rejected.
Abdullah’s tough words on Israel, coming as the two countries are set in a month to mark 25 years since their peace agreement, followed an interview he gave on Monday warning that Israeli annexation of the West Bank would have a “major impact” on ties between the two countries.
Abdullah, in an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on the sidelines of the UNGA, said that he took Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pre-election statement regarding annexation with a “pinch of salt” because of the timing.
However, he added, “a statement like that does not help at all, because what you do is hand the narrative to the worst people in our neighborhood. We – who want peace and want to be able to move forward – tend to be more isolated.”
In the days before last week’s voting, Netanyahu said that if elected he would immediately annex the Jordan Valley, and after that, in consultation with US President Donald Trump, would extend sovereignty to other settlements and “vital areas.”
“If the policy is to annex the West Bank, then that is going to have a major impact on the Israeli-Jordanian relationship and also on the Egyptian-Israeli relationship, because we are the only two Arab countries that have peace with Israel,” Abdullah said. “If there is a box that is being ticked on a certain government getting everything that it wants, without giving anything in return, what is the future? Where are we going to go unless we are going to be able to get Israelis and Palestinians to come together, to live together, and be the message for the future?”
Abdullah said that once a government is formed in Israel, countries in the region and the international community “will all jump on board and say we can focus back on what most of us believe is the only solution: the two-state solution.”
A one-state solution, he said, would be “an apartheid future for Israel, which I think would be a catastrophe for all of us.”
Mitchell, in her first question to Abdullah on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, appeared to absolve Palestinian leadership of any responsibility for the current diplomatic stalemate.
“Is this a critical moment where the two-state solution is – some fear – all but dead, because of US and Israeli policies?” she asked. “The Palestinians have been shut out of the process. Jerusalem is now the capital – no longer a negotiating point for a final solution. So where do we stand now, given how supportive the US has been of Netanyahu’s policies? and this has shut out the Palestinians from any role in diplomacy.”
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Despite advances in modern medicine, China is setting up roadblocks to cope with an outbreak of an ancient plague that once wiped out one-third of the world’s population and may have been one of the plagues that God used to strike Egypt.
Chinese officials installed temperature scanners at airports and checkpoints on main roads in an attempt to stop the spread of Bubonic plague as a fourth case was discovered in less than three weeks. A program to exterminate rats and fleas, which carry the disease, was also launched in Inner Mongolia where the disease seems to be originating.
Demonstrators gather in solidarity with anti-regime protests in Iran outside the Iranian Embassy in Helsinki, Finland. Photo: Reuters / Lehtikuva / Heikki Saukkomaa.
Four human rights lawyers currently imprisoned by the Iranian regime have been awarded with the annual prize of Europe’s most prestigious lawyers’ association.
The Iranian lawyers received the 2019 Human Rights Award from The Council of Bars and Law Societies Of Europe (CCBE) — a body that represents the bars and law societies of 45 countries and through them more than 1 million European lawyers.
The University of Bristol campus. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
The University of Bristol in England has adopted “in full” the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, the school’s Epigram independent student newspaper reported on Monday.
The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) and Bristol’s Jewish Society (J-Soc) welcomed the move, saying, “The University of Bristol has not been free of antisemitic incidents and the adoption of this definition is an important first step in helping the university tackle anti-Jewish racism. We now expect the university to use this definition in outstanding disciplinary cases.”
Pope Francis Meets Thailand’s Buddhist Patriarch in Golden Temple (screenshot)
Pope Francis topped off his three-day visit to Thailand last Saturday with a meeting with Thailand’s supreme Buddhist patriarch Somdej Phra Maha Muneewong at Bangkok’s Ratchabophit Temple. The meeting took place in front of a 150-year-old gold statue of Buddha. The Pope followed Buddhist custom by removing his shoes.
During the meeting, the Pope gave the Buddhist Patriarch the Declaration on Human Brotherhood. The Declaration s a joint statement signed by Pope Francis of the Catholic Church and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, last February in Abu Dhabi. The Pope met with the Imam last month to reinforce the Declaration.
An Israeli company says it is using space travel technology to help solve one of the most pressing problems down on Earth — the reliance on diesel fuel, a major source of pollution.
Israeli startup GenCell has developed an electric generator based on a hydrogen-energy technology used to power some of the most-famous space missions in history.
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On the left side of the screen on Tuesday, 15,000 Israelis gathered Tuesday evening outside the Tel Aviv Museum of Art to demand legal justice for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the face of what they view as an anti-democratic usurpation of political power by Israel’s legal fraternity.
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Turkey’s little remarked on but ongoing mistreatment of historic churches is increasingly reflective of that nation’s growing sense of Islamic supremacism.
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Sorek was the grandson of a Rabbi who survived the Holocaust, and was universally described as a kind, gentle soul. His funeral was interrupted by Palestinians shooting off fireworks celebrating his murder.
Two terrorists, including one affiliated with Hamas were arrested for the murder. And at the time, Hamas said in a statement, “We salute the hero fighters, sons of our people, who carried out the heroic operation which killed a soldier of the occupation army,” Hamas said in a statement. The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad also hailed the killing as “heroic and bold.”