Japan Recognizes Palestinian State

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Israel’s attempt to pressure Japan to accept Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, has backfired. Instead, Japan notified Israel that they intended to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, and that it will provide additional aid.

I know the good relationship between your people, and the influence you have with the Palestinians,” Israel’s president Rivlin said during his meeting with Taro Kono, which was held at Rivlin’s residence in Jerusalem. Reprehensibly, Rivlin continued, “They have to understand that we are here, that the Jewish people have returned to our homeland,” he added, stressing that “there is no other homeland for the Jewish people but the State of Israel, the land of Israel.” “For us, Tokyo is absolutely the only capital of Japan, and Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel,” Rivlin continued.

Japan voted against Trump, recognizing the State of Palestinian and has increased aid to UNRWA, as reported in Quds Press, a senior Palestinian official said yesterday. Speaking to media, senior aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Shaath, said Japan had pledged to support the Palestinian right to create an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital during the latest talks between the two countries.

Japan, according to Shaath, rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Shaath also noted that Japan would start collecting signatures from MPs who would call for the government to recognize the State of Palestine, then raise its diplomatic representation in Ramallah and conclude with full recognition.

Shaath reported that the Japanese officials, including the Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and other MPs had announced their support for an international peace conference to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on international resolutions. Meanwhile, Shaath said that Japan had pledged to raise its support for UNRWA following America’s announcement that it has cut its aid contribution to the international body. No details were given of what additional contribution Japan would give the UN body.

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