Thursday, July 12, 2007

No Arab League visit to Israel after all.

An article in Ha'aretz tells us that the Visit by Egypt, Jordan FMs will not be an Arab League mission. The foreign ministers are to discuss the Arab peace initiative. But if it is not an Arab League mission, then what is the point? After all, Israel has diplomatic relations with Jordan and Egypt, and the respective representatives will only be presenting the viewpoints of their own countries.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said his visit to Israel with his Jordanian counterpart, planned for July 25, would only be on behalf of their respective countries.

"This is not a visit where the Arab League flag will be raised," Aboul Gheit told reporters. "This is a matter of principle."

On Wednesday the head of the 22-nation Arab League, Amr Moussa, also said the two foreign ministers would not be representing the League.
What principle is that, exactly? How many square kilometers of Israel's huge area must be given up in order to get the Arab League to raise a flag here? (Perhaps all of it?)
The Arab peace initiative seems to recede into the desert as one approaches it. This phenomenon is very much like a mirage.
The same article tells of cancellation of Condoleezza Rice's upcoming visit. Important things must be happening in Washington. Probably all bad.
Ami Isseroff  

1 comment:

Unknown said...

aha..this is so frustrating..anytime there is a positive sign coming out of middle east, it get crushed..when will the "leaders" learn the lesson..peace and understanding should not be held captive by an ideology and political motives

middle east desk,the newsroom