“We as Arabs have to recognize that Jerusalem is a Jewish religious symbol as sacred to Jews as Mecca and Medina is sacred to Muslims.” – Abdul Hamid Hakim
The retired Saudi official, Abdul Hamid Hakim, was interviewed regarding his views about the recent statement by U.S. President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel…
Hakim heads the office of the Middle East Institute located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and was among those who joined retired Saudi General Anwar Ashiqat, who visited Israel on July 22, 2016, according to Abu Ali.
The blogger wrote that “Ashiqat, a consultant who is close to the Saudi royal family, would not have come to Israel had he not first received permission from the king.”
Hakim told the ALHURRA interviewer, who was broadcasting from the United States, “The Arab mind must free itself of prejudice and perceptions of political Islam, Sunni and Shiite, and from the hatred of Jews and the denial of their historic rights in the region.”
Abu Ali underscored the importance of Hakim’s position as “a well-known Saudi official, living in Saudi Arabia,” adding that there are “clear connections between him and the Saudi royal family, reflecting the unprecedented manner in which the historic rights of the Jewish people in Jerusalem [are being addressed]. JewishPress
Israel Education Minister Naftali Bennett
During an interview with Steven Sackur on the BBC program Hard Talk, MK and Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) qualified Palestine as a “fake state.”
“The Palestinian issue is a fake issue, just like the notion of a Palestinian state is a fake state,” he said, when asked about the effects of US President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Bennett then changed the subject, charging that the states in the region were focused solely on countering Iran, and that the only people focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were “studios in London.”
When challenged about the consequences of Trump’s move on the prospects for a peace and the future for a Palestinian state, Bennett deflected, questioning the Sackur instead of the other way around, leading to an awkward silence and a smirking education minister.
“No one in the Arab world ever accepted the notion of a Palestinian nation. They wouldn’t grant them a state. We’ve granted them a state in Gaza and they turned it into Afghanistan in the heart of Israel. We aren’t about to make that mistake again.” JPost
Video: Bennett on BBC HardTalk defends Netanyahu & Jerusalem: “Palestine” is a Fake State
Eight countries opposed to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital asked for anof the U.N. Security Council. The eight council nations that requested the meeting: Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, United Kingdom and Uruguay.
The resolution did not pass.
Nikki Haley: “This is the first time I have exercised the American right to veto a resolution in the Security Council. The exercise of the veto is not something the United States does often….
We do it with no joy, but we do it with no reluctance.”…
“The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council.”
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley delivered her remarks on the matter in a manner referred to by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “on Hanukkah, like a Maccabee.”… JewishPress
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley:
To the United Nations’ shame, this has been a disproportionately hostile place for the Middle East’s most enduring democracy.
The United States refuses to accept the double standard that says we are not impartial when we stand by the will of the American people by moving our U.S. embassy, but somehow the United Nations is a neutral party when it consistently singles out Israel for condemnation.
For decades, Israel has withstood wave after wave of bias in the UN and its agencies. The United States has often stood beside Israel. We did not on December 23, 2016. We will not make that mistake again. JewishPress
Full Transcript: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s Remarks After Jerusalem Resolution Veto
.@USUN Ambassador Nikki Haley: Given the chance to vote again on Resolution 2234, I can say with complete confidence that the United States would vote no; we would exercise our veto power. pic.twitter.com/HZQ2YcjdVs
— Department of State (@StateDept) December 18, 2017