Iranian Parliament’s Intifada Secretariat: US Move Means End to Two-State Solution
Permanent Secretariat of the Palestinian Intifada Conference at Iran’s Parliament issued a statement on Thursday, condemning US President Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and relocate the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city.
“Being deeply worried about his political future, (US President) Donald Trump has sold out the oppressed Palestinians to the Zionists in order to secure his term in office,” the statement said.
“By this sinister and unwarranted move, the US government has dashed the last remaining hope of some Arab leaders about the prospects of negotiations and the two-state solution,” he added.
In anticipation of Trump’s move, 151 members of the UN General Assembly voted last week to adopt a rare resolution that denounced Israel as the “occupying power” of Jerusalem al-Quds, a city that is holy to Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike.
The city has seen heightened tensions since 2015, when the Israeli military introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque — Islam’s third holiest site.
Over 300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli soldiers ever since.
Trump announced late on Wednesday that he would relocate the US diplomatic mission in Israel, a decision that the US Congress made in 1995 but all of his successors have deferred ever since.
Israel lays claim to the entirety of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital while Palestinians want its Eastern part as the capital of a future state for themselves.
Palestinian leaders have warned that the potential relocation would fuel strong reaction in the region and deliver a death blow to any prospect of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Trump’s move which overturns decades of US foreign policy is feared to trigger a fresh wave of unrest in the Middle East.
In a Wednesday night statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry called the move a “blatant violation of international resolutions,” and warned against a new Palestinian Intifada (uprising).