The nation of Oman produced a commemorative stamp this month that promises to add more oxygen to the decades-long fantasy stoked by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.
The stamp, issued on February 9, 2020 by Oman Post, features an image of the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, along with the Palestinian Authority flag and a white dove symbolizing “peace.” Similar stamps have been issued in the past by other Arab postal services as well.
According to Oman, the stamp honors “Palestine and its capital Jerusalem” and it reads, “Al Quds – the Capital of Palestine” as part of a collaboration with the Arab Permanent Postal Commission.
“Oman has always been a supporter of the Palestinian cause, and this new stamp not only very beautifully depicts the Dome of the Rock, but also delivers a united message to the entire world,” said Oman Post CEO Abdulmalik Al Balushi.
“We hope that philatelists and people who are interested in the historical and cultural significance of Al Quds, will enjoy the stamp and be reminded of our wish for a better future for the Palestinian people and peace around the world.”
The move comes two weeks after US President Donald Trump introduced his Middle East Peace Plan at a ceremony in the White House, with the ambassadors of Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates seated among the guests.
The Trump peace plan, which includes a two-state solution, a capital for a Palestinian state in eastern Jerusalem and which doubles the current amount of Palestinian Authority territory, has already been rejected by the Palestinian Authority, Oman, the Arab League, and the African Union in solidarity with the Palestinian Authority.