Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas described the Annapolis peace conference as a betrayal of Palestinian demands.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came out Sunday against the decision by the Arab League – including Tehran’s ally Syria – to attend the Israeli-Palestinian peace conference in the Maryland capital.
“Those attending the meeting and giving concessions to the Zionist occupiers will not be remembered in history with good reputation,” the official Iranian news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. He added that Annapolis would harm Palestinian “rights.”
Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip – Iranian proxies sworn to the Jewish state’s destruction – echoed the charge. Hamas said it was “shocked” that nations such as Saudi Arabia would attend a meeting under U.S. auspices that would mean de facto normalization with Israel.
“What we have here is a cross-section of the Arab world,” Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said upon arriving in Washington on Sunday. “The moderates are attending, while the radicals are on the outside hoping to ruin it.”