The Palestinian Authority has taken a hit following their ineffectiveness to sway world sentiment in favor of the Palestinian agenda. Following President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, widespread protest and rioting was expected. The Middle East was expected to become inflamed.
Much to the chegrine of the Palestinian Authority and their president, Mahmoud Abbas, that did not occur.
As a result, the Arab League, led by Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, met to devise a new plan for the Palestinian plight. In fact, an Arab League spokesman said:
“The decision to establish this committee was, in effect, imposed on the Palestinian Authority by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan in a move that was backed by the Arab League. This is a super committee that is headed by the secretary general of the Arab League, and it effectively puts the Arab League in charge of the policy on Jerusalem, taking it away from the Palestinians.
“The Palestinians’ efforts to sway public opinion have been a complete failure, and as a result, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has created a rift between us [the Arab world] and Trump. We are once again left with the demagogic, hollow and inflammatory rhetoric of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”
In weeks and months to come, it will be interesting to see how the Arab League handles the situation. The Saudis have already hinted that perhaps the Palestinians should consider a different capital: Abu Dis. This site was planned as the Palestinian Legislative Council, which the PA started to build in 1995.
Other interesting developments have occurred recently. In one case, an Arab historian declared that there are no Palestinian people.
The real issue, though, is who will get the upper hand in ruling the Arab world. It is no secret that Saudi Arabia (Sunni) and Iran (Shi’ite) are mortal enemies, each declaring the other to be infidels. However, even within the world of Sunni Islam there is competition. Saudi Arabia and Turkey (both Sunni) are vying for control, and Turkey’s President Erdogan has spoken out boldly about his ambition to become leader of the Sunni Arab world. Saudi leaders have deemed Erdogan’s rhetoric as “hollow and inflammatory.”
Keep your eye on these developments. It will be interesting to see whether or not the alliance President Trump has forged with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan remains intact, and if the Arab League’s leadership will lead toward peaceful relations with Israel.