Sunday, March 30, 2008

Are the Arabs threatening war against Israel?

H/T Israel Matvaz

Get a load of this statement coming out of the Arab summit in Damascus:

Arab leaders attending the Arab Summit in Damascus this weekend made it clear that they see the “return” of millions of foreign Arabs to Israel as a critical part of any peace deal. Arabs claiming descent from those who fled Israel during the War of Independence would be granted Israeli citizenship under the 2002 Saudi Peace Plan, which also calls on Israel to immediately withdraw from all territories occupied by Jordan and Egypt until 1967, including much of Jerusalem.

Arab leaders confirmed their support for the Saudi plan on Saturday, but Syrian President Bashar Assad said that if Israel did not accept the plan in the near future, Arab governments could be forced to take alternative measures. Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa suggested that Arab nations “may have to take painful positions” if talks with Israel did not show progress in the near future.

Libyan President Moammar Ghaddafi criticized the Saudi initiative as not requiring enough of Israel. “Palestine is not only the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” he said. Ghaddafi called for a single state between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River in which Arabs would be a majority.

They'd like to be threatening war. But given how many Arab countries did not show up to the summit, I'm not sure they can right now. Unless they have other allies (like the Russians) to help them.

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