What the Arab League should tell the US

An extraordinary session of the Arab League foreign ministers meets to discuss the situation in the Palestinian territories at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, last year. (photo: AP)
A call to remember the Arab response needs to be focused on Palestinian and Arab rights rather than dealing directly with some of the outlandish comments made in the US plan.

By Daoud Kuttab|  Arab News | January 31, 2020

The Arab response needs to be focused on Palestinian and Arab rights rather than dealing directly with some of the outlandish comments made in the US plan.

An emergency session of the Arab League on Saturday will discuss the Trump Mideast peace plan — a proposal unveiled at the White House in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but without any Palestinian or Arab leader present. The Arab position on this issue must be clear without being bombastic.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that if Palestinians reject the US plan, “they should make a counter offer.”

Arabs, including Palestinians, have made an offer and are still awaiting a reply.

The Arab Peace Initiative passed at the Beirut summit in 2002 is a fair, reasonable and just plan that provides an acceptable solution to the longstanding Arab-Israeli conflict. That plan acknowledges international law, makes a reasonable peace offer to the Israelis, and must continue to be the accepted and principled position of the Arab world.

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