Tuesday, June 18, 2019

‘No end to Israeli-Palestinian conflict without Palestinian state’ - Reuters , Israel Hayom Staff

by Reuters , Israel Hayom Staff

Arab League head Ahmed Aboul Gheit says Arabs agree a Palestinians state must be established on the June 4, 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.

‘No end to Israeli-Palestinian conflict without Palestinian state’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen seated between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, left, and King Abdullah II of Jordan | Photo: AFP PHOTO / Chris Kleponis
The head of the Arab League warned on Monday that attempts to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict will be in vain without the establishment of a Palestinian state on all territory captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Ahmed Aboul Gheit’s comments appeared directed at a still unpublished peace plan that US President Donald Trump has dubbed the “deal of the century.” As part of the plan, a US-led conference will be held next week in Bahrain on proposals for the Palestinian economy.

The Palestinian leadership is boycotting the conference, saying Trump’s peace plan is likely to be heavily weighted in favor of Israel and to quash their aspirations for statehood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

While the precise outlines of the draft plan have yet to be revealed, Palestinian and Arab sources who have been briefed on it say it jettisons the two-state solution.

“Whatever is rejected by the Palestinian or the Arab side is unacceptable,” Aboul Gheit said during an event at the Arab League.

“What is acceptable from our side as Arabs as a solution is the establishment of a Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital,” he added.

Based in Egypt, the Arab League is often seen as a talking shop rendered ineffective by regional rivalries, but it remains the main forum for Arab opinion on international matters.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are its most influential members.

Aboul Gheit said that Israel’s acceptance of an Arab Peace Initiative drawn up by Saudi Arabia in 2002, which offers Israel normal ties in return for withdrawal from territory captured in 1967, was the only acceptable solution for Arab states.

“If [Israel] chooses the only reasonable and accepted way from our side as Arabs, which is the establishment of a Palestinian state … it will be accepted in the region as a normal regional partner,” he said.

Reuters , Israel Hayom Staff

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/06/17/no-end-to-israeli-palestinian-conflict-without-palestinian-state/

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