The Arab League summit in Doha, Qatar has given Israel one more chance to commit suicide. It has told Israel thatÂ it’s now or neverÂ for the 2002 Saudi initiative.
Arab States to Issue Israel an Ultimatum
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*Â Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Nayef Bin Abd Al-Aziz, who last week made headlines for saying that there was no need for female members of parliament in Saudi Arabia, has been promoted to second deputy prime minister, the Saudi newspaper Â ArabNewsÂ reported.
Wanted by International Criminal Court, Sudan’s president gets lavish welcome at Arab League meeting in Qatar
Holocaust denial, Armenian genocide denial, Darfur genocide denial… Say, is anyone else noticing a pattern on the part of Islamic countries?
If approved by the Arab leaders attending the Arab League meeting in Qatar on Monday, the statement will declare that the proposed agreement, credited to Saudi Arabia, will soon be rescinded if Israel fails to accept it. The draft was composed by Arab foreign ministers meeting ahead of the summit.
The 2002 Saudi Initiative, as it has come to be known, calls for: 1) full Israeli withdrawal from all lands under Jewish sovereignty since 1967, including Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and all of Judea and Samaria; 2) Israeli agreement to accept Arab war refugees; 3) Israeli acceptance of a Palestinian Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, with Jerusalem as its capital. In exchange, the Arab states would agree to enter into a peace agreement with Israel, and “consider the Arab-Israeli conflict ended.”
Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi, head of the Arab Renewal Movement faction, will be attending some Arab League meetings. According to the Hebrew-languageÂ Ha’aretzÂ newspaper, Tibi is pushing for the Arab League to call on the international community to force Israel to accept the creation of a Palestinian state.
Aside from the ultimatum, the Arab leaders will be discussing a roster of 26 items. Of these, a separate agenda item is devoted to Syria’s claims on the Golan Heights. The League will also hold sessions on the incoming Israeli government and the situation in southern Lebanon, as well as the issue of Hamas-Fatah clashes in the Palestinian Authority. Other topics include the international financial crisis, the situation in Iraq and Somalia, as well as the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant for Sudan’s leader Omar al-Bashir – who will be at the Qatar meeting despite the warrant. Bashir is charged with facilitating the mass killings of Sudanese non-Arabs in Darfur. %ad%
A key Arab leader, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, will not be attending the Arab League Summit, according to the Arabic media, because of what he sees as Qatar’s interference in negotiations over the return of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. In addition, Egypt is incensed at Qatar’s intention to host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Arab League Summit, as well as what Mubarak sees as ongoing criticism of Egypt on theÂ Al-JazeeraÂ network, hosted in Qatar.
Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) slams warrant for Sudan’s Beshir
Even though Beshir’s Khartoum government is responsible for mass genocides (not to mention mass rapes) in Darfur, where some 300,000 people have been killed, this story is a reminder that, to many Muslims, “justice” has no “universal” meaning, but rather is about supporting fellow Muslims vis-a-vis non-Muslims, regardless of what the former may have done to the latter. As Ibn Kathir reminds Muslims with the following sahih hadiths: Muhammad said “‘A believer to a believer is like unto a building that makes firm all its parts together.’ At this, he [Muhammad] interlocked his fingers. Another trustworthy saying: ‘In the compassion and mercy the believers possess for one another, they are like one body: Should one of its members be struck ill, the rest of the body suffers from fevers and insomnia,’ [The Al Qaeda Reader, p.99].” Then of course there is the whole doctrine of “loyalty and enmity” — the former solely reserved for Islam and Muslims, the latter for all things non-Muslim.