British Government advises Israel, Palestine to share Jerusalem as capital city

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Sameh Shoukry

This follows the United States move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's.

Muslims attend a gathering to protest President Donald Trump's Jerusalem decision.

Ashraf al-Kholi, told the hosts that instead of condemning the decision, they should persuade their viewers to accept it.

Palestinian officials on Sunday said they had been making an effort to gain European Union's (EU) recognition of the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, after the USA recognised Jerusalem as Israeli capital.

Israel's Foreign Ministry, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, is opposed to President Trump's plan to suspend U.S. funds to the Arabs of Gaza, Judea and Samaria ("But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?"), according to a Channel 2 News report Saturday night, because the Israelis are concerned about a humanitarian disaster in the refugee camps. It reported that Hassaseen denied that he received a call on Jerusalem, affirming that he does not know at all a man by the name of Ashraf al-Kholi. "[But] after that, this thing will become a reality. We have enough on our plate, as you know", the intelligence official said in another tape.

An internal Foreign Ministry report last week argued that cutting funds to UNRWA "may worsen the humanitarian situation and lead to catastrophe, especially in Gaza", adding that the burden of providing the services UNRWA now provides will be placed on Israel.

The administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital left it isolated at the United Nations.

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"I have brought this position to the attention of the US".

"The point that is unsafe for us is the intifada issue", Kholi said in recordings obtained by The Times.

The Arab reaction to Trump's illegal decisions on Jerusalem can not be only a one shot move but rather a continuous chain of additional follow-up measures in order to maintain their effectiveness and sustainability.

The Foreign Minister emphasized the strong cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Jordan regarding the Syrian crisis, addressing the Iranian interference in the affairs of the region and in Yemen.

"Among the Arabs that count - America's allies - the reaction has generally been sober, measured, and mature", Satloff wrote in Foreign Policy.

"A peace process and a credible conclusion to that process can't happen without the US - they know that - and once the plan is revealed, it will speak for itself", a senior White House official said.

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