UAE Press: Trump has lit wick of anger across globe

ABU DHABI, A Sharjah-based daily has said that it’s not clear whether US President Donald Trump has “lit the wick of war” against North Korea as Pyongyang claimed earlier, but he surely has lit the wick of anger and resentment across the globe with his dangerous decision to recognise occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“The international community has always maintained that there is no alternative to the two-state solution and that occupied Jerusalem is an issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties,” said The Gulf Today “With one appalling stroke, Trump has insulted international opinion and toppled decades of US policy. Instead of regretting and withdrawing his move, Trump boasted on Twitter, ‘I fulfilled my campaign promise – others didn’t!’ “This does not project him as a peacemaker. Instead, it has only raised doubts whether he can deliver as an impartial mediator in the Middle East conflict. Al Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed Al Tayeb has taken the right step by cancelling a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence,” the paper continued.

“There remains a huge potential risk of violent escalation on the ground owing to Trump’s provocation. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Muslim and Arab countries across the world against the decision. Already, a precious life has been lost. The danger is that by recognising occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States could reinforce Israel’s position that settlements in the east are valid Israeli communities.

“The two-state solution is the only one for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East and this is precisely what the Israelis want to scuttle through such moves,” the English language daily added.

It went on to say that the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has rightly stated that such unilateral decisions are contrary to the internationally-legitimate resolutions and will not change the legal status of the city of Jerusalem as being under occupation.

“US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has got it all wrong by claiming that the United States still has credibility as a mediator. The question is, after such a disastrous decision, how could she expect the rest of the world to believe in American credibility on the subject? “What remains very clear is that Washington remains isolated on this issue. The entire world understands and supports the position of the Palestinians. Unilateral measures by Washington on such a sensitive issue only serve to jeopardise the prospects of peace in the Middle East. The US president must immediately reverse this decision,” The Gulf Today concluded.

Source: Emirates News Agency