The Iranian parliament has passed a bill calling on the government to recognize Jerusalem as the “eternal capital of Palestine”. This vote is a response to Washington’s decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem.
On December 27, Iranian parliamentarians unanimously supported a bill that recommends that the Iranian government recognize Jerusalem – not just East Jerusalem – as “the eternal capital of Palestine.”
The Iranian elected officials responded to the White House, which decided on 6 December to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli state and to transfer its embassy, still located in Tel Aviv. His transfer is not yet committed.
This US decision was made “hoping to take a blow to Muslims,” according to Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani, quoted by the Turkish news agency Anadolu.
Iran, however, is not the only nation to express loudly its rejection of the US decision and its commitment to the Palestinian cause. Turkey, in particular, seems anxious to embody the international leadership in this area and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, makes many shocking statements on the subject. At the opening of an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on December 13, 2017, the Turkish head of state had openly criticized his American counterpart. He also described Israel as a “state of occupation” and, more or less, a “terrorist state” . Similar remarks to those held three days earlier during a fiery speech in Sivas, central Turkey.
At the end of the summit, Muslim countries – including Iran – called on the entire international community to recognize “the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital”. Twitter Advertising Information and Privacy
The Palestinians are calling for an independent state within the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, which would mean the end of 50 years of Israeli occupation in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the predominantly Palestinian part of Jerusalem.
Palestinians won observer status in the UN in 2012 and 135 countries recognized Palestine as a state, including Iran and Turkey.