Cairo trilateral meeting sends strong message on Jerusalem, Palestinian cause

His Majesty King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and the deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, pose for a photo in Cairo on April 24, 2022. (Photo: Royal Court)
AMMAN — The three-way meeting in Cairo on Sunday, which brought together His Majesty King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, focused on the current developments in Palestine, with the leaders emphasizing that their countries will exert every effort to restore calm in Jerusalem.اضافة اعلان

They stressed the importance of respecting the role of the historical Hashemite custodianship in protecting the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, the need for Israel to stop all measures that undermine the chances of achieving peace, and the importance of finding a political horizon to return to serious and effective negotiations to resolve the Palestinian issue on the basis of the two-state solution, in accordance with international law.

Political analyst Omar Raddad told Jordan News that the meeting highlighted the importance the three parties attach to the Palestinian issue, and “their common response to recent events in Jerusalem”.

The leaders, he said, were united in calling for respecting the historical status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque and denouncing unilateral Israeli actions.

According to Raddad, efforts by the three countries will contribute to lowering tensions in the occupied territories, especially since they are in a position to coordinate steps and influence both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

He noted that “Egypt has maintained close ties with the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian resistance there, which helped restrain Hamas and avoid an escalation similar to that of last year”.

The three countries, he said, share an understanding of the importance of advancing the peace process and achieving tangible results on the ground, based on international resolutions and regional developments.

Political analyst Hamada Faraneh said that “Jordan's meetings and contacts are motivated by political fundamentals related to the Palestinian issue, whether they are directed at Al-Aqsa Mosque specifically or the Palestinian cause in general.”

He told Jordan News that the Hashemite Custodianship of Al-Aqsa Mosque is being threatened by the daily Israeli incursions.

“These incursions may be on hold until the end of Ramadan, but there are signs that they will resume soon after, he said, adding that “this is why Jordan is waging a diplomatic offensive to prevent future crises as a result of Israeli actions.”

“No other Arab country has done more than Jordan in attempting to restart peace talks and defend Palestinian rights, and Jordanians remain staunchly against normalization with Israel,” said Faraneh.

Jamil Al-Nimri, a senator and political commentator, said the Cairo meeting signaled that the UAE can turn its relationship with Israel into a tool of pressure to stop attacking Palestinians and holy sites.

Jordan, according to Nimri, needs regional cooperation to strengthen its position because it is almost alone in confronting Israeli attacks on Palestinians. Jordan's allies, Egypt and the UAE, will reinforce the position needed to defend Palestinian rights, he said.

Nimri predicts that the meeting will have an impact on reducing Israeli provocations, as Israeli politicians will realize that “escalations in Jerusalem will severely harm Israel’s relationships with Arab countries and others”, but the long- term effects “will be limited”.

According to political analyst Labib Kamhawi, the Israelis have already gone a long way in changing the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The tripartite meeting in Cairo “was an attempt to give the public opinion the impression that the leaders are doing something about the Palestinian issue”, Kamhawi said, expressing doubt that Israel will cease its attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque as a result of it.

Jordan has custodianship over both Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, but it is in a difficult position because Israel has no qualms about violating this custody on daily basis, he said.

"We are now living in a situation that does not require dialogue and talks, but rather a very firm and public stance on the part of the three nations that have direct contacts with Israel," Kamhawi concluded.

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