MembersAmid Betrayal: Some Palestinians Smell Opportunity

US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is being widely lamented as a betrayal in the Palestinian Authority.

By Israel Today Staff |
Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90

And yet, some Palestinian officials smell opportunity. They hope to back the American leader into a corner by using his own words against him, and against Israel.

Writing in the Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, former PA minister Ziad Abu Zayyad urged that “relying on Trump’s decision, we should turn it to benefit us, instead of being dragged along, demagogically and fruitlessly, with the reaction of the street.”

In his December 6th announcement regarding Jerusalem, Abu Zayyad noted that Trump had “stressed that the status quo in the holy places is to be respected, pointing at the Jewish prayers at the Western Wall, Muslim prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque, and Christian prayers at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This absolute confirmation that Al-Aqsa belongs to the Muslims has put an end to the Jewish aspirations regarding it.”

Abu Zayyad further noted that the American president had insisted that “the boundaries of Israel’s sovereignty [in Jerusalem] will be determined through negotiation…[which] strips Trump’s decision of anything new, and sets it in line with announcements by others, including Palestinian leaders, to...

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