Arab League threatens peace offer review


The Arab League threatened to review its offer of comprehensive peace with Israel.

Wrapping up its annual meeting Sunday, the Arab League urged Israel to be more forthcoming on a 2002 offer for regional Israeli-Arab peace.

“The continuation by the Arab side to present the Arab peace initiative is tied to Israel executing its commitments in the framework of international resolutions to achieve peace in the region,” the Arab League, which held two days of talks in Damascus, said in a statement.

The proposal requires that Israel give up all land captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and accept a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem. Israel, which was in the thick of fighting Palestinian terror when the offer was first made, welcomed it in principle but balked at its preconditions.

Israel says the Arabs’ argument that U.N. resolutions require Israel’s full withdrawal to the 1967 line is not supported by the wording and that the final border should address its security needs.

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said the peace proposal could be reviewed this year if Israel does not fall into line, though he stopped short of threatening to annul it.

Recommended from JTA