The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations held its annual policymakers conference. After opening remarks from the chair of the board of directors and the CEO of the council, a panel discussed the current situation for Palestinians.
Arab Israeli Conflict
A special provision in the 1994 Oslo Accords saw Jordan providing Israeli farmers access to the Jordanian border areas of Baqoura and Ghumar. But King Abdullah of Jordan has announced the leases will not be renewed upon their expiration in 2019.
Both sides in this enduring conflict have been failed by leaders and Western intermediaries. Summits, conferences, accords and a roadmap going nowhere have been a waste of time and effort.
Almost all America’s closest allies have cautioned US President Donald Trump against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital warning of potentially grave repercussions. France, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Turkey have all urged him to reconsider.
June 2017 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War, a very short military confrontation between Israel and its three immediate Arab neighbors that reshaped the political geography of the Middle East.
The killing of two border policemen by three Israeli Arabs near the Al Aqsa compound/Temple Mount, the closure of the holy sites, and the subsequent decision to install a security fence by the Israeli government has caused mass demonstrations and more violence across the Occupied Territories.