The UN voted against recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The US described it as “an insult”.
Washington did not find any support even among its closest allies. The US will not forget such an offensive attitude. Washington has already vetoed the UN resolution. Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, made a furious speech before and after a UN Security Council briefing on the situation in the Middle East:
“The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council. What does it gain the Palestinian people for their leaders to throw up roadblocks to negotiations? A “peace process” that is damaged by the simple recognition that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is not a peace process; it is a justification for an endless stalemate”.
Washington’s statement about Jerusalem’s status released a terrible genie from the bottle.
The US closest allies did not give their helping hand in this matter. Moreover, British Prime Minister Teresa May and Turkish President Recep Erdogan had a conversation regarding Jerusalem’s issue.
Both sides stressed that the US initiative to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel raises serious concerns from the point of view of security in the region. They also noted that the government of Israel must adhere to the two-state solution as the most rational way in the peace process. Moreover, Erdogan took a principle position. He even convened an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Many experts believe that the leader of Turkey challenged Israel in this way.
Meanwhile, the situation is heating up. One of the three rockets exploded again in Israeli territory, near a dwelling house in Kibbutz Netiv Ha’Asara last night. In response, the Israeli Air Force targeted the Gaza Strip six times. They bombed military camps in Hamas, observation towers, the naval base of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. Will the escalation of violence and, possibly, a big war be in the near future? It depends on which position Israel and Washington will take in this regard, as well as the willingness of the parties to make concessions in the near future. But are they ready to do it? This is an open question now.