The Middle East must stand strong against the US’s stance on Jerusalem

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Sunday 21 January 2018 18:00
Mike Pence has damaged relations with the Middle East even further
Mike Pence has damaged relations with the Middle East even further

US Vice President Mike Pence has reiterated America’s stance towards Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a pillar of the deal of the century that Trump pledges to fulfil during his presidency. He is now in the Middle East, visiting Jordan and Egypt.

Jordan received $1.3bn dollars as part of American economic and military aid last year. It is also the largest host of Palestinian refugees per capita worldwide and the historic and legal guardian of Islamic and Christian holy shrines in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

It is a stalwart of hope and peace in the midst of political disenfranchisement, ethnic turbulence, the resurgence of religious sentiments and economic downturn that are gripping the region and the entire world.

Jerusalem remains a symbol of cultural and religious pluralism. America should never use its aid as a sword to nudge Jordan into political positions that are alien to its people and ethos.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob
London NW2

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That might identify all sorts of things about the person and the relationship. First-night or one-night stands may still occur but both parties should be clear about the need for sober agreement and the implications of not observing the right to change one’s mind and withdraw without challenge or protest.

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Michael Mann

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Adrian Kozlowski

Boris Johnson has a lot of nerve criticising Jeremy Corbyn

So Boris Johnson accuses Jeremy Corbyn of “infantile denigration”.

Surely not a case of pots and kettles?

Peter Russell

Wording matters when it comes to encouraging sustainability

Is it not time to ban the word “disposable” from packaging and advertising?

To the seller it represents handy and convenient, however what it really means is wasteful and polluting. Without this word producers would need to think more about the full life cycle of their product.

Alan Hutchinson
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Some issues are not for us to debate

The recent suggestions of a Margaret Thatcher statue can be best left for the pigeons to comment on.

Dennis Fitzgerald

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