Saudis hold meeting on Israeli-Palestinian peace without Israel

L’Arabie saoudite a accueilli une rencontre ministérielle à huis-clos, mardi soir, marquant le 20e anniversaire de la proposition de l’Initiative de paix arabe, mais elle n’a pas invité l’État juif, ont confirmes deux diplomatesès The Times of Israel.

Almost all members of the Arab League were invited, including the Palestinians, but Israel did not receive an invitation.

Saudi newspaper Al Arabiyawho first reported the information, said the United States had sent Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf to the session and that the United Kingdom and several countries in the European Union had delegated representatives.

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Al Arabiya TV reported that the European Union’s foreign policy coordinator Josep Borrell, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Ahmed Aboul Gheit spoke at the event.

The ministers discussed various proposals aimed at reviving the peace process on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative and similar plans. Times of Israel.

The organization of such a session and the presence of senior diplomats from the Middle East, the European Union and the United States, on this occasion, seem to represent a setback suffered by the efforts of Israel trying to reject Arab peace. initiative, saying that it is no longer an objective instrument of peace.

This proposal made in 2002 for the Jewish state offered to normalize relations with the 22 member states of the Arab League if Israel accepted a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, and with a just solution for Palestinian refugees.

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A move quickly rejected by the Jewish state, whose governments increasingly oppose the demand to withdraw its forces and settlements on the pre-1967 borders, saying it was unjustified and that citizens should not be expelled from West Bank lands to which the Jewish people have been associated for thousands of years.

Recently, Jerusalem referred to the signing of the Abraham Accords, saying they are evidence that the Arab Peace Initiative is now under discussion. These negotiated agreements with the United States allowed Israel to normalize its relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco before finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The three signatories to the Abraham Accords are scheduled to send their foreign ministers to the session on Tuesday.

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