Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has used Britain and other key allies of Israel and the United States to demonstrate how the “entire world” has rejected President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
CUFI Note: This statement from Abbas highlight’s how Britain has taken the wrong side on this issue and aligned itself with those who seek the destruction of the Jewish state and those who make the false claim that Jerusalem “was, still is and will always be the capital of the State of Palestine” – a statement that we (and history) wholeheartedly reject.
President Abbas made his remarks to Muslim leaders during a meeting on Wednesday with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – 57 Muslim nations who had gathered in Turkey to discuss Trump’s announcement over Jerusalem.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the leaders gathered that Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state was “a crime” and made the false claim that “Jerusalem was, still is and will always be the capital of the State of Palestine”.
Abbas also had the audacity to call on the world to change its position on recognising Israel.
“We call on world nations to reconsider their recognition of Israel over its conduct toward Palestinians and its dismissal of decisions by the international community with the backing of the United States,” Abbas told Muslim leaders in Turkey.
Unfortunately, the British government’s position on this issue has been used as an attack against the legitimacy of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Abbas said, “Trump gave Jerusalem to the Zionist movement as if it as an American city, but for the first time the entire world stood against him, even Britain, Canada and Australia.”
He also claimed, “It is no longer acceptable for [the U.S.] to play a role in the political process given its bias in favour of Israel. This is our position and we hope you support us in this,” he said, calling for the establishment of a new international mechanism to hold future peace talks between Israel and Palestine based on a two-state solution.
Abbas also called on world nations, in particular European countries, to officially recognise Palestine within the 1967 borders.