This time Palestinian president Abbas may have gone too far. Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia happy that they have an ally in the Oval Office are working to devise a new response to President Trump’s recent Jerusalem actions. According to Israel Hayom, those Arab states fear the Palestinian-led response will anger the American President and elicit American “punishment” as was threatened after last week’s UN vote,. has learned.
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit announced over the weekend that he would head a new committee, comprising the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Saudia Arabia and the Palestinian Authority, to devise a new policy on Jerusalem.
Sources in Ramallah, Cairo and Amman told Israel Hayom that the decision to establish the committee was made after it became apparent that the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to counter Trump’s announcement had been ineffective.
“The decision to establish this committee was, in effect, imposed on the Palestinian Authority by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan in a move that was backed by the Arab League,” a senior Jordanian official told Israel Hayom.
The real purpose of this committee is to take the responsibility for Jerusalem policy away from the Palestinians and putting it in the hands of the Arab League, primarily those three countries.
Gheit believes that the Palestinian efforts to “sway public opinion” have failed, in fact, the only result of PA President Abbas’ efforts has been to drive a wedge between Pres. Trump and the Arab World.
Referring to the non-binding U.N. General Assembly resolution calling on the U.S. to reverse its decision on Jerusalem, the source said, “Washington has made its views clear and said it would take action against those nations that voted against it at the U.N. General Assembly last week. Now, when it is clear Trump is indeed going to punish those that voted against the U.S., most countries are trying to cut their losses.”
And the major riots Abbas tried to incite never materialized, sure there were small incidents, but thankfully there hasn’t been the major uprising predicted…