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March 23, 2014 11:50 am

Arab League Prepares to Reject Israel as Jewish State

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Arab foreign ministers met on Sunday to finalize the agenda of a two-day Arab summit this week in Kuwait, where they are expected to reject Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, Asharq Al-Awsat reported, citing Kuwaiti Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al Sabah and Kuwait News Agency, KUNA.

KUNA reported that “top diplomats will be discussing draft resolutions on the Palestinian cause, the Arab-Israeli conflict and activating the Arab peace initiative, since US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Israelis and Palestinians could not reach an agreement by next month.”

“They will reject recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, which, if happens, would undermine the right of the Palestinian people to return to their lands and the compensation of Palestinian refugees,” KUNA said.

Asharq Al-Awsat cited diplomatic sources as saying, “This follows the realization that an agreement was not going to be reached by April, which marks the end of the nine-month deadline announced by Kerry in July 2013.”

Thirteen heads of state have confirmed attendance at the meeting that begins on Tuesday, the first Arab summit to be hosted by Kuwait since it joined the Arab League in 1961.

Kuwaiti Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah told Asharq Al-Awsat that the summit will seek to find solutions to a number of ongoing issues, adding that, “Wisdom always prevails among Arab leaders during difficult times.”

Last week, Nabil Elaraby, head of the Arab League, called on Arab countries to take a “firm stand” against recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, at an Arab Foreign Ministers conference in Cairo, the Associated Press reported.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made similar comments, saying there is “no way” he would recognize Israel as a Jewish state. PA-based Al-Quds newspaper quoted U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki as saying, “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this position as part of the final [U.S.-brokered peace] agreement.”

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  • Rick

    What difference does all this make? Somebody that recently. Jewish state or not, nothing will change the minds of Arabs. How can they live in peace with Israel if they cant live in peace with each other.

    We must accept the fact that they are out to kill us, period. No pact, not guaranty, no treaty will ever change that. Therefore we must become stronger and stronger and use our brain power to make a difference. So far it has been effective.

    Look what happen to Ukraine, all the guaranties of Europe and the US did gurnischt (nothing). And that is what we can expect from the world.

    That is the sad truth. But for the sake of sanity we must keep the hope up.

  • Every Arab Country is a Muslim Country. Yet they reject recognizing Israel as a Jewish State. Every Arab Muslim country either expelled or forced their Jewish citizens to leave. Muslims live in Israel with the full protection of the State Some serving in the Israeli government. Why is it so hard for Obama and Kerry to see what’s happening here.
    If it was up to me every Jew expelled from an Arab Muslim country an equal number of Arab Muslims should be deported from Israel. If the Arabs can do this with impunity, Israel should be allowed to do likewise. Please do not tell me Israel should live up to a higher standard. That’s plain bull.

  • Ade

    THE JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL

    The living Jewish State of Israel
    The heartbeat of the living God
    The sun born out of Middle East
    The full moon in the global night

    Down before you the stars bow
    Like the heartbroken water falls
    Wailing sorrowfully into the sea
    From generation to generations

    The living Jewish State of Israel
    The great conquerors’ banquet
    The egg rescued from live death
    Hatched to crow fluent Hebrew

    Down before you huge foes fall
    In the breast pockets of sea bed
    The shores multiply the miseries
    Encapsulated in their nightmare

    The living Jewish State of Israel
    The affirmed eternal conqueror
    The common walls of Jerusalem
    Unveil the glory of your prowess

  • Ade

    DIGGING UP THE JEWISH DREAMS

    The sky was a wearied shepherd in the cave of gloom
    The black thunderclouds were recalcitrant elephants
    Raging furiously on the monumental mountains range
    Protesting over the rumoured imminent resurrection
    Of the conquering glory of the redeemed Jewish race

    Lightning hurled the fragile time bomb across the skies
    A crash, a bang and a roar crippled the lanky landlords
    The fatally wounded walls groaned, cursed and crashed
    Over the sharp floods that devoured the vast landmarks
    Like the famished dogs feasting on delicious thighbones

    The downtrodden brooks roared like castrated thunders
    The numerical murmur of the galloping snowy waterfalls
    Enriched the harmonious heartbeats of the kettle drums
    The wailing waves were tired troops of travailing timbers
    Herded on hysterically towards the monolingual sawmill

    The victorious Jews are the potent poets’ prime pen pals
    Digging up their golden dreams buried in the cold rooms
    Within the footfalls on the foot mats under the foot stool
    The global altars smell of the refreshing Jewish campaigns
    The balmy eternal echoes of the eternally creative hearts

  • As long as Arabs refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish nation, the Arab-Israeli conflict will continue.

    And the winner of the “Non sequitur” of the month is the U.S. State Department:

    “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this position as part of the final [U.S.-brokered peace] agreement.”

  • Haroldpom

    The idea that the weak, dhimmi Jews are more powerful than Muslims – in the middle of the Muslim world – is the worst humiliation that can be imagined. They can sort of accept that 2 billion Christians have a lot of power outside Muslim geographical centers, after all, that’s been the status quo for 500 years. But 6 million Jews building a country that a billion Muslims cannot destroy? That cannot be accepted, no matter what.

    But the West still thinks that a couple of Muslim national leaders signing a piece of paper can change the entire Islamic psyche overnight or in a few years.

  • Mort Moooze

    Arab league passes another load of crap!

    What about Syria? 140k dead? It’s more like three time s that number!
    The truth is it is more like 450,000 dead in this conflict!

    The only focal point for the diverse Arab and Muslim world is Israel and the Jew!

    Israel do you thing! Build…

    Let the Arab league settle the Sunni /Shia crisis in the Arab world first. Then they can talk!

    AM YISRAEL CHAI !

    We all know that Israel is The Jewish State !

  • H.S.Cohen

    And I reject the Arab League.May they lose press coverage.

  • Dov Meir

    The politial reason is the the “rights” of he “Palestininans” refugees. but thr deep and true reason for the rejecting is as follow:
    According Quraan the area between the Pratue to the Nile is belonging to the Jews. Reconizing Israel to be a Jewish state means that every Muslim living in thus area should take himself out of this area and beg Isarel to take it!!!

    • David Hoffman

      “According Quraan the area between the Pratue to the Nile is belonging to the Jews”
      Can you please provide me with a reference to this important passage? rebealimelekh@hotmail.com

      • rachel robinson

        Israel is declared a Jewish State by the United Nations. the Quran is not a recognized judicial body, so it really does not matter what it says.
        The U.N. divided the country into two parts: one part was given to the Jews as a homeland and they called it Israel. At the same time the Palesitinians were given the other, an equal part of the country as a Palestinians state, but they rejected it and instead went to war. Israel won, and won again and again and it became bigger, stronger and more populous, so now the PA wants what they lost in wars given to them on a silver platter. ain’t gonna happen!! they should get used to it.

  • Bernard Ross

    this confirms that the oft touted arab peace initiative is a total load of manure

  • Kris Kristian

    If USA tells the Arabs that they recognise Israel as the Jewish state, then hopefully, Britain may follow. Others may then follow.
    To recognise a PA Islamic state, would require recognition of Israel as a Jewish state

  • Markus Elkana Brajtman

    I hope that PM Netanyahu tell Abbas, that if there is no movement to peace, and that the Arabs do not recognise Israel as a Jewish state,that no more murderes of Israeli Jews will be released.
    End of story.
    That terrorist, Arafat in a suit, had no intention from the start to “recognise” Israel as THE Jewish state. All he wanted was to have killers on the loose the kill more Jews.

    USA should tell that savage that the US will not recognise a PA state on biblical, League of Nations,recognition that Israel is the Jewish state. state that the entire land is Jewish.

    Hopefully, Britain would follow suit and not recognise a PA state.
    That could snowball in favour of Israel if other states wake up and defend Israel as a Jewish state.

    It only take one, then two, for the snowball to roll.

    • Joel Keller

      …and Israel should abrogate the Oslo Accords, too.

    • Steven

      Is so agree Sur!

  • June

    The Arab League, comprised of those nations that went to war against Israel in 48′ 67’and 73′ resulting in the status of the borders and Palestinian refugees of today, should not under any circumstances be allowed to be the arbiters of what the Jewish state is to be recognized as.

    They created both Arab and Jewish refugees and have done nothing to create a home for their fellow Arabs or compensate the Jews who they drove out.

    • Alan Kennedy

      Exactly!

  • bernhard lazarus

    the league of nations after WWI in San REMO AWARDED THE MANDATE ON WHAT WAS TURKISH TERRITORY TO BRITAIN WITH THE SOLE PURPOSE OF “ESTABLISHING A HOMELAND FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN PALESTINE” THIS WAS RECONFIRMED IN A MUCH REDUCED AREA BY A 2/3 MAJORITY AT THE UNITED NATIONS IN 1947

    SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE JEWISH STATE, MUSLIM COUNTRIES TO THIS DAY AND OBVIOUSLY ALSO INTHE FUTURE, HAVE ONLY ONE AIM. THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL

    THE ARABS ACCEPT THEJEWISH STATE OR NO NEGOTIATIONS

    • Steven

      I so agree. The PRESENT ADMINISTRATION of the USA should understand peace is elusive with the Arabs. They don’t and will not accept Israel as a SOVEREIGN STATE.

      • rachel robinson

        the issue of a Jewish State is only a delaying tactic, even if that issue is somehow resolved, there will be next issues and they will not be resolved either.

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