Palestinian Authority: Balkan nations moving embassies to Jerusalem an act of “unjust aggression against the Palestinian people.”
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The news of Serbia and Muslim-majority Kosovo opening their embassies in Jerusalem has triggered a new wave of anger within the Palestinian leadership. The Balkan nations moving diplomatic missions to the Holy City is an act of “unjust aggression against the Palestinian people,” the Palestinian Authority said in an official statement.
That rage is only bound to intensify as the southern African nation of Malawi on Sunday decided to join the two Balkan nations in setting up an embassy in Jerusalem. “The African country of Malawi over the weekend announced that it would open an embassy in Jerusalem, following similar announcements by Serbia and Kosovo,” the Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday.
The Palestinian rage this time was focused on U.S. President Donald Trump who brokered the landmark agreement that ended the rivalry between the two Balkan countries, and paved the way for them to establish full diplomatic ties with the state of Israel. Following the White House agreement on Friday the two countries will become the first European states to open embassies in Jerusalem. Kosovo will be the first Muslim-majority country to do so, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.
Another great day for peace with Middle East – Muslim-majority Kosovo and Israel have agreed to normalize ties and establish diplomatic relations. Well-done! More Islamic and Arab nations will follow soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
The Times of Israel reported the angry Palestinian response:
The Palestinian Authority on Friday slammed US President Donald Trump, accusing him of orchestrating the decision by Serbia and Kosovo to establish embassies in Jerusalem to satisfy his “electoral ambitions.” (…)
Top PLO official and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat reacted angrily to the news.
“The Trump Administration once again shows their full commitment with the violation of international law, UN resolutions and denial of Palestinian rights by encouraging nations to illegally recognize annexed Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” Erakat tweeted.
“Palestine has become a victim of the electoral ambitions of President Trump, whose team would take any action, no matter how destructive for peace and a rules-based world order, to achieve his re-election,” Erakat charged.
Erakat appeared to call on the Arab League and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to sanction Kosovo and Serbia, calling for “concrete measures against those who encourage crimes and violations against the land and people of Palestine.”
“What else will Trump procure for Israel before November?” said senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi.
The latest wave of Palestinian rage began in January 2020 when President Trump unveiled his Israeli-Arab peace plan. Angered over the U.S. peace initiative which offered a $50 billion development plan among other incentives, Palestinian rioters took to the street burning American flags.
The historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced by President Trump on August 13 ignited fresh Palestinian protests, with rioters rampaging on the Temple mount, the holiest site for all Abrahamic religions. “Palestinian worshipers tore up, trampled and set fire to images of Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, as they protested in the compound of the al-Aqsa Mosque [the Temple Mount] in Jerusalem against the peace agreement,” the left-wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported. Elsewhere, Palestinians burned posters of President Trump, and Prime Minister Netanyahu to express their anger over the U.S.-backed push for peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
Thank you Mr. Netanyahu! My government is dedicated to open the embassy in Jerusalem, establish diplomatic relations and deepen bilateral relations.???? https://t.co/wU5YOP6gcm
— Avdullah Hoti (@Avdullah) September 5, 2020
Recent successes by the Trump administration in normalizing diplomatic ties between Israel and Arab countries have also alarmed Iran-funded Palestinian terrorist groups. The top leaders of Lebanese Hezbollah and Gaza-based Hamas terrorist groups met in Beirut and gave a call for the formation of an “axis of resistance” against the Jewish state, Israeli TV channel i24News reported on Sunday.
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