Palestinians to present peace plan during Arab League Summit next week

PA to present plan as Arab League sets “Palestinian cause” as main agenda item

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The Arab League announced that the Palestinian Authority would introduce a revised “peace plan” for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the Arab League Summit next week.

The Arab League Summit, which will take place in Amman, Jordan, will give priority to the “Palestinian cause”, as reported by the League earlier this week. In a statement released on the itinerary for the Summit stated: There are 16 items and up to 30 on the level of delegates and ministers. A brief closing statement will be issued at the end of the summit to reveal stances on social, economic and political affairs. All the topics are considered priorities: the Palestinian cause, Arab national security, confronting terrorism, Syrian crisis, Yemen, Libya, enhancing performance of the Arab League and the social and economic files.”

Reports of an new Arab initiative has been in the media for weeks, the most recent following a meeting in Cairo between Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Monday. Their meeting centered on efforts for ensuring a two-state solution, particularly enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which labels Israel’s presence in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as illegal.

Also on the agenda for the Summit is a discussion on efforts to block any attempt by the Trump Administration to move the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem. At the beginning of March, the Arab League passed a resolution to “resist” efforts in moving the embassy, Arab League states unanimously voting a resolution they claim protects from an “explicit assault on the rights of the Palestinian people and all Muslims and Christians”.

It warned “The establishment of any diplomatic mission in Jerusalem, or transfer of one to the city, is an explicit assault on the rights of the Palestinian people and all Muslims and Christians, and a serious violation of international law. It would constitute a serious threat to peace and security in the region, as well as contribute to an implosion of the two-state solution, and the promotion of extremism and violence.”