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August 20, 2017 8:30 pm

Arab Foreign Ministers Meet in Cairo Ahead of US Delegation’s Arrival

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and President Donald Trump (left) with Jared Kushner (center) at the start of their May 22 meeting in Jerusalem. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO. – Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian officials met in Cairo Saturday to discuss the next stages in the US-led peace process prior to the arrival of a high-level White House delegation in the region this week.

At the Cairo meeting, Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Samih Shukri coordinated their positions and voiced appreciation for the “American role” in the Middle East peace process.

The ministers’ statement came days before visits by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and the president’s international negotiations representative, Jason Greenblatt, to Israel, the disputed territories, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell will accompany Kushner and Greenblatt during their trip.

Azzam al-Ahmad, an official of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, said the Palestinians are deliberating on the possibility of unilaterally approaching international bodies such as the United Nations if the US-led talks fail to yield a “serious peace process”— defined by the PA as negotiations that support a two-state solution and halt Israeli construction in the disputed territories.

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  • Joseph Feld

    The disputed territories must be examined. When the British Mandatory allocated 77% of the Palestine Mandate to create the new Arab Kingdom of Jordan on the East Bank, Winston Churchill stated that the 23% on the West Bank was allocated to be the Jewish national home. This was confirmed at San Remo, Sevres and the Mandate. The League of Nations Mandatory Office in Switzerland appears to have criticized Britain for later closing the gates to Jews trying to enter Palestine. Based on Churchill’s statement and other legal scholars, the West Bank was designated as the Jewish national home and therefore when Israel took back from Jordan the West Bank and Jerusalem Israel was taking back its own land. Only two countries had recognised Jordan’s claim, and the great majority of Jordanians are Palestinians. Britain fulfilled its commitment to create a Palestinian state by creating Jordan. See Sir Martin Gilbert, Churchill’s official biographer, ‘Churchill and The Jews’, published by Simon and Schuster 2007. pages 50 and 292.