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Let's call 2018 year of Jerusalem: Tayyeb

Let's call 2018 year of Jerusalem: Tayyeb

Abdul Majid Sweilem, a West Bank political science professor, argued that an effective measure could be an immediate request to the UN Security Council for a full recognition of an independent Palestinian state established on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

This came in a message sent by the pontiff to the worldwide conference on Jerusalem, held in Cairo under the auspices of Al-Azhar, which is considered the highest Sunni authority on Islam.

Jerusalem "is our eternal capital, to which we belong, just as it belongs to us", said Abbas. He added: "Jerusalem will be a gate for peace only if it is Palestine's capital, and it will be a gate of war, fear and the absence of security and stability, God forbid, if it is not".

Addressing the gathering, Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed Al Tayeb called for the year 2018 to be named the Year of Jerusalem.

"He (Trump) said in a tweet: 'We won't give money to the Palestinians because they rejected the negotiations,"' Abbas said.

But the Jerusalem pivot threw a wrench into Trump's peacemaking attempts.

Still, Jordan's king faces a particular conundrum, as U.S.

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However, Palestinian analysts did not consider the recommendations of the Central Council powerful enough to cope with Trump's Jerusalem decision or Israel's occupation of the holy city.

The UN General Assembly's recognition of Palestine as a member state will exert tremendous political pressure of the global community on both Israel and the United States, said Sweilem.

Pence's meeting with Abdullah on Sunday follows a series of anti-U.S. protests in the kingdom - including some organized by Islamists.

Jordan is the recipient of $1.5 billion in 2015 and $1.6 billion previous year in USA aid, partially given to fund humanitarian assistance and help Jordan shoulder the burden of hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Earlier this month Pope Francis addressed ambassadors from over 180 countries at the UN General Assembly and reiterated his call to respect the status quo of Jerusalem following US President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. When Trump recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, he insisted that it did not preclude Palestinian claims or the city's future borders.

Abbas has said that by siding with the Israelis on a sensitive issue, the announcement had destroyed Trump's credibility as a Mideast peace broker.