Jordan's Press Criticizes Clinton, Calls for Arab Action on Jerusalem
The Jordanian press accused US President Bill Clinton Sunday of favoritism toward Israel and called for action throughout the Arab and Islamic world to preserve the Palestinians' right to Jerusalem.
Al-Dustour newspaper called for "the holding of an Arab summit, either limited or enlarged ... to give firm Arab support to Palestinian negotiators (faced) with American pressures.
"Silence and passiveness reigned in several Arab countries during the Camp David negotiations, and it is time to change this position, which affects the Palestinian cause," the newspaper said.
Clinton said in an interview broadcast on Israeli television Friday that he would decide by year's end whether to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to west Jerusalem, a decision that would recognize the disputed holy city as Israel's capital.
Al-Dustour said Clinton's remarks were "motivated by electoral considerations and show his submission to the Jewish lobby."
Another daily newspaper, Al-Rai, called on "Arabs and Muslims to take preventive measures, both diplomatic and political, to prevent Jerusalem from paying the price of electoral outbidding" in the United States.
Calling Clinton's remarks "blackmail," the newspaper Al-Aswaq said the comments proved US bias toward Israel and Washington's opposition to the Palestinians' desire to have east Jerusalem as their capital.
The Jordanian government has not given any official reaction to the Clinton interview – AMMAN (AFP)
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