Bolton angers Palestinians with visit to Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds

Press TV – US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s visit to the Old City of the Israeli-occupied Jerusalem al-Quds has been met with angry responses from Palestinians.

Bolton, an avid supporter of the Tel Aviv regime’s brutal crackdown against the people of Palestine, visited the Western Wall and its adjacent tunnels on Sunday before meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Saeb Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), condemned the visit, saying in a tweet that it undermined international law and promoted “lawlessness.”

“This behavior will not change the fact that East Jerusalem (al-Quds) is occupied territory and the capital of the state of Palestine,” he said.

The Old City is located in the East Jerusalem al-Quds, which Palestinians regard as the capital of their future state.

Accompanying him on the tour of the city were his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat, Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Since the international community does not recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israeli territory, foreign dignitaries usually avoid having Israeli officials as company when they visit the Western Wall, which is considered as one of the most sacred Jewish sites.

Erekat said the issue with Israel’s sovereignty claims over the occupied city was merely political and had nothing to do with religion.

US President Donald Trump became the first sitting American head of state to visit the Western Wall In May 2017. Later on, he recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and proceeded to move the US diplomatic mission to the ancient city.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared back then that the Palestinians would no longer accept the US as a mediator to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, because Washington was “completely biased” towards Tel Aviv.