Dozens of leaders and senior officers from Arab and Islamic international locations warned on Sunday Israeli actions in Jerusalem and the occupied West Financial institution may worsen regional turmoil, as violence surges between Israel and the Palestinians.
The assembly in Cairo was hosted by the Arab League and attended by President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas together with many overseas ministers and senior officers.
The high-level gathering got here amid one of many deadliest intervals of preventing in years in Jerusalem and the neighboring Israeli-occupied territory. Forty-five Palestinians have been killed thus far this yr, in keeping with a depend by The Related Press. Palestinians have killed 10 folks on the Israeli aspect throughout that point.
Audio system on the assembly condemned Israel’s “unilateral measures” in Jerusalem and the West Financial institution in statements, together with dwelling demolitions and increasing settlements.
In addition they condemned visits by Israeli officers to the town’s contested holy web site, which is sacred to each Jews and Muslims and has typically been the epicenter of Israeli-Palestinian unrest.
There was no instant remark from Israel’s authorities.
The officers additionally voiced help for Jordan’s position as custodian of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest web site in Islam. The mosque is constructed on a hilltop in Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis that’s the most sacred web site for Jews, who discuss with it because the Temple Mount as a result of it was the location of the Jewish temples in antiquity.
Since Israel captured the location within the 1967 Mideast Conflict, Jews have been allowed to go to however not pray there. Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital, whereas the Palestinians search east Jerusalem because the capital of their future state.
Calling Jerusalem “the spine of the Palestinian trigger,” el-Sissi warned of dire repercussions of any Israeli transfer to vary the established order of the holy web site, saying they’d “negatively impression” future negotiations to settle the Israeli-Palestinian battle.
He mentioned such measures would impede the long-sought after two-state resolution to the battle, which would go away “each events and the entire Center East with tough and grave choices.”
El-Sissi, whose nation was the primary Arab nation to ascertain diplomatic ties with Israel, known as on the worldwide group to “reinforce the two-state resolution and create conducive circumstances for the resumption of the peace course of.”
King Abdullah II additionally known as for Israel to stop its violations and incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“The area can’t stay in peace, stability, and prosperity with none progress made on the Palestinian trigger,” he warned.
Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, the secretary-general of the pan-Arab group, additionally warned that makes an attempt to partition the Al-Aqsa Mosque and obliterate its Arab and Islamic identification “would gas countless unrest and violence.”
Abbas, the Palestinian president, mentioned his administration would resort to the United Nations and its companies and demand a decision to guard the two-state resolution to the battle.
“The State of Palestine will proceed going to worldwide courts and organizations to guard our folks’s official rights,” he mentioned.
The continuing bout of violence has put the area on edge. Final month, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Egyptian, Israeli and Palestinian leaders and urged them to ease tensions.