Monday, March 30, 2009

Arab League Tells Israel: Accept Saudi Initiative Now Or Never

Photo: Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, right, greeting Saudi King Abdullah upon his arrival in Doha for Arab League summit. Reuters

From Haaretz:

Arab leaders in Qatar for the Arab League summit sent Israel an ultimatum Sunday: Accept the Saudi Peace Initiative or it will be rescinded.

The draft proposal of the statement states: "The peace initiative being proposed today will not be on offer for a long time. Arab commitment to this initiative is dependent on Israeli acceptance."

The draft proposal was formulated by the Arab foreign ministers, and will be presented to the Arab League's leaders Monday for approval. The wording is a compromise between the hardline Arab countries, mainly Syria and Qatar, and the moderates, including Egypt and Saudi Arabi

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My Comment:The problem with these proposals is that it ignores extremist Arab groups who have no interest in pursuing peace. News like the following, does not help the peace process at all, nor do comments from Hezbollah and Iran.

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