Jerusalem should be shared capital, Boris Johnson tells Al Malki

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As we reported in this column, before President Trump made his statement, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shocked the Palestinians with his version of a peace plan that lacked the traditional territorial redlines and even more staggering, deleted the demand that east Jerusalem be the capital of the Palestinian state.

He is due to announce the controversial decision in a speech later.

Muslims attend a gathering to protest President Donald Trump's Jerusalem decision.

Last Thursday, Trump tweeted that he was questioning the usefulness of massive American financial aid to the Palestinian Authority when it continues to incite against Israel and won't come to the negotiating table.

In Shatila, a camp in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, residents navigate a maze of narrow streets riddled with potholes, walking past ramshackle buildings of exposed cinder block, walls plastered with posters of Abbas and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Israeli culture minister Miri Regev, a member of Netanyahu's Likud party, welcomed Trump's aid comments, saying on Army Radio: "I am very satisfied".

Pope Francis called for the "status quo" to be respected.

The report has raised questions about the level of consensus among Arab countries on the issue of Jerusalem, underscoring how complicated the issue of Jerusalem has become in the region, Jamjoom said.

On Friday, in a report denied by a State Department official, the Axios news site said Washington had frozen $125 million in funding for UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East].

The UK voted in favor of resolutions, both in the UN Security Council and General Assembly, rejecting the United States recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Today, Palestinians claim to be an estimated 5 million refugees and descendants, most scattered across the region in Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Gaza.

Rejecting any Israeli unilateral measures, he said the Arabs will push for a global recognition of Palestine.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state, while Israel wants an integral Jerusalem to be its eternal capital. These are considered illegal under global law, though Israel disputes this.

The King added that the issue of Jerusalem should be settled within the framework of a final settlement and a permanent peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis based on the two-state solution and according to global legitimacy resolutions and the 2002 Arab Peace initiative.

What is the United States proposing?

Palestinians officials said Trump's move disqualified the US from being a mediator in any Israel-Palestinian negotiations.