Arab Foreign Ministers on Sunday demanded that United States President Donald Trump rescind his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calling it a ‘grave’ development that puts Washington on the same side as ‘occupation’ and the violation of international law.
In a resolution long on rhetoric but short on concrete actions, the Ministers also called for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to adopt a resolution condemning Mr Trump’s decision, but acknowledged that Washington would most likely veto it.
If the US vetoes the resolution, the Arabs would seek a similar resolution in the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki told a pre-dawn news conference in Cairo.
A two-page resolution adopted by the emergency meeting, which began on Saturday night, did not include any punitive actions against the US, like a call for a boycott of American products or suspending or downgrading ties with Washington.
It also appeared to fall short of matching the anger felt by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, which have seen three days of violent protests against Trump’s decision.
“We have taken a political decision not meant to reflect [what is going on in] the streets. Political work is responsible work,” said Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit.