AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan began consultations to convene an emergency meeting of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) ahead of a move expected this week by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Jordanian source said.
] on Friday that Trump would probably issue the controversial statement in a speech on Wednesday. Recognize that Jerusalem would disrupt decades of US policy and possibly inflame tensions in the Middle East.
Jordan, the current president of the Arab summit, would invite members of the two bodies to meet if the recognition were extended to "discuss ways to address the consequences of such a decision that raised alarm and concern", the high diplomatic source Jordan told Reuters.
"Ultimately, it could hamper all efforts to advance the peace process and has a very high risk of provoking Arab and Muslim countries and Muslim communities in the West," the diplomatic source said, asking not to be identified.
The Hashemite dynasty of King Abdullah is the custodian of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, which makes Amman sensitive to any change in status of the disputed city.
The planned announcement of Word of Trump, which would depart from previous US presidents who have insisted that the status of Jerusalem should be decided in negotiations, generated criticism from the Palestinian Authority and would surely infuriate the Arab world in general.
The Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state, and the international community does not recognize Israel's claim on the entire city, home to sacred sites for the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions.
Jordan lost East Jerusalem and the West Bank to Israel during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and says that the fate of the city should only be decided at the end of a final agreement.
"It is essential that no unilateral decisions be made that would change the historic status quo of Jerusalem as an occupied city whose fate should be determined in talks on the final status within a general peace package," the Jordanian diplomatic source added.
Reports by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Larry King edition