The lessons of the Arab summit

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By Zalman Shoval.. During the 28th Arab League summit in Jordan that ended over the weekend (March 29, 2017), host King Abdullah of Jordan said that there would be no regional stability without solving the Palestinian issue, defining Israel as an obstacle to peace. While the king probably knows better than many others what the real reasons for regional instability are, mostly as they affect his own country, at the end of the day the “Arab League” is not particularly significant, nor does it wield executive authority, for better or worse.

Instead, it is merely a club, whose members must belong to but whose decisions they are not necessarily required to heed. But along with the irrelevance of this archaic body, we must also keep in mind that despite the intentions of several of its participants, including Egypt, to make changes to the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 so it might become relevant and implementable, in the end a decision was taken to accept Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ call to go back to the 2002 version, which demands a complete Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders and the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Read the full story.

Israel and The Arab world



Also read: The Arab Peace Initiative: A Primer and Future Prospects
By Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.



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