Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry condemns US decision on declaring Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.
The Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry regrets the decision made by the United States Government to recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of the State of Israel and the intention to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
President and National Chairman Mr Roland Jabbour OAM said,
“We commend Australian Foreign Minister Ms Julie Bishop for confirming Australia’s position in not following US President’s divisive and ill-informed decision recognising Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel”
In response to widely expressed international condemnation and concerns of the potential for escalating tensions both in the region and globally, Mr Jabbour said,
“It is a very provocative decision, it is divisive and destabilising on a global scale. It is contrary to UN resolutions, it will undermine if not completely kill the potential for a two-state peaceful resolution which is supported by the international community.
“It makes it impossible for the US to continue to play a part as a broker in the peace process”
Mr Jabbour reinforced the position of the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a business organisation and not a political body however, he reiterated that these steps taken by the Trump administration are ‘unhelpful’ commenting that,
“At best, these decisions are divisive and unhelpful, they have the potential to have a detrimental impact on Australian business interests in the 22 nations of the Arab world, a region of significant importance particularly in terms of our international trade relations”.