21 December 2010, 17:37
Trustee of the CIS Interreligious Council speaks for international status to Jerusalem
Moscow, December 21, Interfax - Co-chairman of the tutorial committee of the CIS Interreligious Council Rakhamim Emanuilov sees the way to regulate the Middle East conflict in settling the status of Jerusalem.
"Why don't we consider a possibility to get back to the ideas of 1947 and give Jerusalem a special international status, perhaps under UNESCO auspices?" Emanuilov told an Interfax-Religion correspondent in his interview on Tuesday.
He accepts that it won't settle "accumulated problems," but "it's impossible to reach peaceful settlement in the Middle East without compromise on Jerusalem."
The interviewee of the agency said that "this holy for Christians, Muslims and Jews city belongs not only to Israelis or Arabs, but to the whole humanity," but immediate participants in the Middle East conflict "stick to their tough positions on the question whom this city should belong to."
Emanuilov reminded that when after World War II the British mandate on Palestine expired, in 1947 UN suggested a plan to set up a special international regime for Jerusalem. It supposed that the holy city will be administered by the UN. International regime should have been preserved for ten years and then the question of Jerusalem status was expected to be considered at a referendum so that residents could decide on the future of their city, but "the events developed in a different way: series of Arabic-Israeli wars started and that's what we have now."
The Orientalist believes that the Middle East conflict is a result of "bipolar world when super powers struggled for the spheres of influence."
"This competition was fatal for the Middle East. The conflict between Israel and Arabic countries was backed up by super powers. Crash of the bipolar system led settlement in the Middle East to the dead end," Emanuilov said.
According to him, in conditions of modern multipolarity it seems reasonable to attract to the process of peaceful settlement "not only political, but financial and economic" circles.
"Figuratively speaking, not only dollars, but reals, euros, shekels, rubles and even rupiah and yuans should participate in building peace," the interviewee of the agency believes.