Dec 17 2017

“Jerusalem is not for sale” – Erdoğan’s spox

U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has “undermined whatever hope was left for peace,” Ibrahim Kalın, Turkish presidential spokesman wrote in an op-ed for Daily Sabah.

The Trump administration's Jerusalem move represents a toxic mix of populism and unilateralism. By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Trump has not just upended 70 years of U.S. foreign policy, but also violated a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions dating back to 1967.

The world is in solidarity with the Palestinian people, Kalın argued, and Palestinians have been taking steps for the peace, while Israeli side took provocative steps.

Hamas, the de facto governing authority of the Gaza Strip since 2007, accepted the 1967 borders and made an “important distinction between the religion of Judaism and the Zionist project” in its policy, Kalın wrote.

Following the call of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Dec. 13 “unanimously recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state under Israeli occupation” Kalın said. This will be followed a UN General Assembly decision in support of Palestine.

One good thing that came out of this “misguided decision,” Kalın said, that it put the Palestinian people and the two-state solution back at the centre of the world’s attention.

Kalın concluded:

The U.S.-Israeli might makes right approach is self-defeating and the biggest threat to peace and security. Jerusalem is not up for trading in populism and unilateralism, and it is certainly not for sale for any price. If the Trump administration is serious about peace in the Middle East, it must urge Israel to end its decades-long policy of occupation, humiliation and dispossession, a policy that must be condemned and rejected as an affront to humanity in the 21st century.