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King conveys strong messages to the US and the world

As Jerusalem and peace remain in danger

Khalid Dalal
Khalid Dalal is a former advisor at the Royal Hashemite Court, a former director of media and communication at the Office of His Majesty King Abdullah, and works currently as a senior advisor for business development at Al-Ghad and Jordan News. (File photo: Jordan News)
His Majesty King Abdullah most eloquently addressed a ceremony in New York last week, where he and Her Majesty Queen Rania received the “Path to Peace Award”, presented by the Path to Peace Foundation, stressing that “our journey on the path to peace must travel through Jerusalem.”اضافة اعلان

“Their Majesties received the award in appreciation of their role in promoting interfaith harmony and dialogue, as well as bolstering prospects for peace, and in recognition of Jordan’s humanitarian efforts to host refugees,” said a Royal Court statement.

The King’s speech was timely. A few days later, the casket of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, killed by an Israeli sniper while covering an Israeli raid in Jenin in the West Bank, was being carried by Christians and Muslims to her resting place. It was a tragic incident that carried to the world a message that everyone understands and is aware of: that occupation is synonymous with injustice, oppression, bias, belligerence and total disregard for the life of the occupied.

King Abdullah’s message has long been that an end to the Israeli occupation will help the entire region live in peace.
The world must be well aware that there are two options ahead: either turn a blind eye to Israeli crimes and irrational practices, and thus be complicit in its wrongdoing, or work hard with peace-loving countries for a just and lasting peace, and spare our region the never-ending cycle of violence for which the blame must be pinned on Israel and its increasingly extremist leaders.
The King is the best emissary to carry the message of peace and justice to the decision and policy makers, and influencers, in the world’s most influential capital, first because he is the custodian of the holy sites in Jerusalem, second because Jordan is the number-one advocate of the historical rights of the Palestinian people, and third because the Kingdom has been, throughout its history, a key peace seeker and maker.

Regarding Jerusalem, the King said: “As custodian of its Muslim and Christian Holy Sites, I say to you all, my friends, that upholding the historical and legal status quo at these holy places is essential for peace, for harmony, and freedom of worship.”

“Jerusalem should be an anchor for peace and coexistence, not for fear and violence,” said the King, warning that “undermining the legal and historical status quo of the Holy City will only escalate tensions and anger.”

US President Joe Biden’s remarks during his meeting with the King show that the message was well received and understood. The US leader reiterated “his strong support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”.

The world must be well aware that there are two options ahead: either turn a blind eye to Israeli crimes and irrational practices, and thus be complicit in its wrongdoing, or work hard with peace-loving countries for a just and lasting peace, and spare our region the never-ending cycle of violence for which the blame must be pinned on Israel and its increasingly extremist leaders.


The writer is a former advisor at the Royal Hashemite Court, a former director of media and communication at the Office of His Majesty King Abdullah, and works currently as a senior advisor for business development at Al-Ghad and Jordan News.


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