MembersArabs Oppose US Embassy Move, See It as Unavoidable and of Secondary Importance

US President Donald Trump’s public recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the transfer of the American embassy were celebrated in the Jewish state as major diplomatic wins.

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Naturally, the Arab world saw the situation differently. But, notably, the region did not explode in an orgy of violence over the matter, even though Palestinian leaders had long threatened such an outcome.
Israel Today’s Elizabeth Blade conducted a series of interviews with Egyptians, Jordanians and Palestinians to gauge the true relevance of the Jerusalem issue in their eyes.

Israel Today: What did you think of the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem? Ahmed Gamal, Cairo: I personally don’t mind the move, but people in Egypt are strongly against it. Most Egyptians see Israelis as the enemy who stole Palestinian lands. However, the Egyptian government doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the public. Israel and Egypt have common interests, and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is not interested in spoiling these relations by slamming the US move. Furthermore, Egypt is mired in economic and security problems and the last thing this government wants to do is to deal with regional issues. At any rate, even if Al-Sisi and his government did oppose the move, nobody could stop...

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