On December 2, a British legate quoted in The Jerusalem Post emphasised that the UK had a “commitment to recognising the history of Jerusalem to the three monotheistic religions.”
Ostensibly, the unnamed official was seeking to quieten Israel’s ire a day after the United Nations passed what it called the “Jerusalem Resolution.” Which, said the Post, “disavowed Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and called it solely by its Muslim name of al-Haram al-Sharif [as] part of a push by the Palestinian Authority and the Arab states across the UN system to rebrand Judaism’s most holy site as an exclusively Islamic one.”
For the purpose of securing Jerusalem as the capital of an, as yet, non-existent Palestine, the push was a great success: 129 states voted in favour; 11 against.
The UK, let it be noted, did not oppose.
Still, to those wishing to maintain a “fair and balanced” position on the conflict, the British envoy’s reassuring words probably rang true.
But on at least two levels they are not. Like so many narratives...
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