Abbas Threatens 'Jerusalem Can Be Gateway to War'

Cheryl Sanders
January 19, 2018

Addressing the "World Conference in Support of Jerusalem", Al-Azhar Deputy Imam Abbas Shoman stressed al Azhar's firm rejection against visiting Jerusalem under Israeli occupation, noting that visiting it under the current conditions would only lead to grave consequences.

President Donald Trump’s worldwide negotiations representative, Jason Greenblatt (left), meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a year ago.

Netanyahu told Israeli reporters traveling with him in India that his "solid assessment" is that the American Embassy "will be moved far faster than what we the course of the year".

"We won't accept this", he said.

His comments at a conference on Jerusalem held in Cairo came ahead of a weekend visit to the region by Vice President Mike Pence, the most senior American official to visit the Middle East since Trump's Jerusalem decision in December.

Pence, an evangelical Christian from IN who has billed the trip as an opportunity to work with partners against terrorism and religious persecution, will travel to Egypt overnight on Friday at the start of a four-day trip that includes visits to Jordan and Israel.

The move infuriated Palestinians, who view east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

"The reported visit comes more than a month after Trump bucked the worldwide community and announced the USA would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel".

If Trump is determined to push forward his Middle East plans in disregard of Arab aspirations, there is little prospect for a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israel, warned the analysts. Egypt was the first Arab nation to make peace with Israel, in 1979.

Abbas called upon Muslim and Arab countries to "take practical steps to compel Israel to stop its violations against the holy city of Jerusalem", and encouraged Muslim and Arab tourists to visit Jerusalem "as a token of support for the city", Wafa said.

"Visiting the prisoner does not mean normalization with the jailor", he said.

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