With the EU on Our Side…!

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Tue 4 April / Apr 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Fahed Khitan

The Dead Sea Summit dedicated a lot of space, under the Palestine clause, for the occupied city of Jerusalem.

The Arab declaration clearly and sharply opposed the US inclination to relocate their embassy to Jerusalem, and renewed the unanimous Arab objection to all Judaisation policies imposed by the occupation against the holy city.

More so, it reaffirms the Arab position and resolve on Jerusalem being the capital of the Palestinian state, on the basis of the 4th of June, 1967, borderline.

Meanwhile in Washington, the US administration were conferring as whether or not the embassy can be relocated by the end of June.

As for Europe, they decided to side with the Arab opposition of the embassy’s relocation.

Accordingly, the current High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, announced that the EU will not be relocating any of their embassies, and will surely not welcome the relocation of any foreign embassy, in reference to the US intention.

Moreover, Mogherini added that the Union supports the status quo and the Two-State Solution, and opposes any unilateral decisions.

Notably, the European Union’s position is not to be taken for granted. Across the Arab World, it should be backed, while encouraging other states around to adopt a similar position.

This is especially necessary for major powers; like China, Japan, Canada, and Russia, to platform pre-active universal opposition of such steps by the US, by blocking it and out ruling it internationally once and for all.

In our battle to safeguard Jerusalem, Arabs need allies, to protect the city and the falsification of its identity as claimed by the Zionist occupation to be the capital of their occupational state.

There is much to explain to the folks in Washington on the perils of this decision, and convince Trump’s administration to let it go completely, and not just put it off. And today, Arab diplomacy has the unanimous declaration needed to spread through the diplomatic device at the United Nations, in order to extract the General Assembly’s decision to outlaw any relocation to Jerusalem, so long that the Palestinian and Israeli parties have not come to a solution in accordance to the UN resolutions and the Arab initiative.

Doing so should fall hard on Israel and allies at the Security Council.

Likewise, inside Washington, the Arab position will find supporters. Rightly so, there is doubt as to how this step will be met across the region, and how it reflects on US interests, should the administration take on such a reckless decision.

Even within Israel, there are those who warn against it, and so no good will come out of it for the occupying state.

On our part, Arab states should amplify these fears by any and all diplomatic and media means necessary, to safe Jerusalem from impending peril.

Mistakenly, some do not see the dangers of the decision, and view it as a symbolic step to show support for Israel. They could not be more wrong, for the relocation of the US embassy would set Israel loose to expand their territory and settlement activities, and drive Palestinians out of their homes.

This is not to say that none of it is taking place today, on contraire. It is. And it is getting worse. But extending the US umbrella by carrying out the relocation would legitimise for Israel their aspiration to swallow the whole of the city and leave Jerusalem out of any future negotiations, as Israel’s capital, acknowledged by the very sponsors of the negotiation; Washington.

In other words, the implications of the decision are endless and devastating. It should not be overlooked or sweetened.

That said, all parties interested should tirelessly seek to obstruct and prevent the decision, to cut all routes before Netanyahu’s schemes to capitalise on the relocation, in order to impose a new, destabilising reality.

Jordan stands firm for Jerusalem; loud and clear. The rest of the Arab World should too.

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.