Palestinian Ambassador to the Arab League Diab Al-Louh – Press circulated photo
CAIRO – 6 December 2017: Palestinian Ambassador to the Arab League Diab Al-Louh Wednesday described U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as “insolent” and “impertinent”.
Al-Louh said during a phone interview with Al-Hayah satellite channel that Trump’s decision is as dangerous as the Balfour Declaration. “Today, Trump gave what he does not own to those who do not deserve.”
The Balfour Declaration was issued by the British government during World War I announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.
“Jerusalem is not Trump’s or the Jew’s, it is Palestine’s capital and is part of the lands occupied by Israel in 1967,” Al-Louh said. “Neither Trump, nor Israel, have the right to change Jerusalem’s geographical features according to the International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Trump’s decision was described in American newspaper as a high-risk foray into the thicket of the Middle East, driven not by diplomatic calculations but by a campaign promise.
Al-Louh pointed out that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is standing on these serious developments, stressing that called President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi to discuss the situation.
“We cannot accept any political settlement, peace, security or stability, we will not be contempt with anything but full sovereignty over Jerusalem,” Al-Louh added.
Al-Louh also confirmed that Palestinians are struggling against the Israeli occupation, affirming that Palestinians aspire to live in peace.
“We have already accepted 22% of the historic occupied Palestinian lands only so that we can live in peace and with dignity alongside with other people of the region,” Al-Louh said. “Now, Trump eliminated any opportunity of hope to achieve security and stability in the region.”