FM: Israeli aggression against Palestinians unjustified

Amman, Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Safadi on Tuesday said occupation is the source of evil and conflict in the region and it risks more violence if the Palestinian people’s right to freedom and statehood on their national soil with East Jerusalem as its capital is not fulfilled.

In an interview with CNN, the minister said East Jerusalem is an occupied Palestinian territory that must be freed from occupation and oppression and be the capital of an independent Palestinian state on pre-June 4, 1967 lines in order to realize comprehensive and lasting peace.

The minister condemned the unnecessary, unjustified, illegal, inhumane Israeli aggression against innocent civilians protesting against occupation yesterday, adding: “What we saw yesterday is a sign of things that are going to deteriorate unless we are able to recapture the moment and move effectively towards ending occupation and fulfilling the Palestinian people right to freedom and statehood on their land with East Jerusalem as their capital.” The minister offered deep condolences to the families of victims who fell while protesting against the occupation.

Responding to a question on why the US embassy move was so detrimental to peace, Safadi said: “It is because Jerusalem is an extremely emotive subject. It is sacred to Muslims, Christians and to Jews, and that is why it has always been a final status issue that international law says it needs to be resolved through negotiations on the basis of international law which recognizes that East Jerusalem is an occupied city, that should become the capital of an independent state.

He added: “To come and determine the future of Jerusalem outside the context of a broader peace plan that would bring the comprehensive peace that we all seek, is something that sends the wrong message about our collective commitment as an international community to end the occupation and bring justice to the Palestinians and fulfill their basic human rights to freedom and independence.” “You cannot build peace on crushing peoples rightful aspirations, you cannot build peace on blood, and you cannot build peace on violence. Peace is built on recognizing the rights of all peoples dignity, independence and freedom,” the minister emphasized.

Safadi stressed that any peace deal should address the Palestinian right to freedom and independence, adding: “This is the pillar of peace, and again unless were able to realize that there is a reality, a very terrible reality, an unacceptable reality, which is occupation, I think we will be finding ourselves, unfortunately, moving towards more violence.” Answering a question on how to deliver the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, the minister said all Arab countries are committed to peace and what the Palestinians demand is to put forward a constructive idea to resolve the conflict based on the two-state solution, which is the only way to achieve peace.

“On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the greatest injustice of modern times, Israel is sending soldiers to shoot at innocent civilians, instead of sending a message of peace,” the minister said.

He asserted that: “East Jerusalem is an occupied territory; it should be a symbol of peace and in order for it to be a symbol of peace, occupation has to end and oppression has to go away from the streets, alleys and neighborhoods of the city.” The minister said that His Majesty King Abdullah II is the Custodian of Christian and Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, and he has repeatedly said that Jerusalem is the key to peace, and Jerusalem should be addressed within a broader solution under which East Jerusalem must be the capital of the Palestinian state.

Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Arab and Muslim countries seek a lasting and comprehensive peace, but to achieve peace, occupation must come to an end and a Palestinian state must be established according to international legitimacy resolutions, Safadi said. He warned that the conflict will worsen and the situation will deteriorate further if “we do not create a political horizon that will guarantee the Palestinians their right to a future where they live like the rest of peoples in dignity and freedom and without occupation and oppression.

Source: Jordan News Agency