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Monday, January 19, 2009

Peace of Mine

Posted by Tariq al Haydar

by Tariq al Haydar

Hello all.

I know I've been writing a lot about Palestine, and I know some of you may be getting bored with the whole topic. Believe me, I feel you. It's just important to me is all. And let me just state for the record that I think that Hamas are a bunch of idiots for continuing to fire their measly missiles. But that doesn't change the fact that Israel is an aggressor. In any case, I promise to write something about Kurt Warner in the coming days just to cleanse the palette, but before I do that, I'd like to share with you the Arab Peace Initiative, which was approved by the Arab League in 2002. This is a Peace Offer extended to Israel since 2002, which Israel does not want to even negotiate. Why? Good question.

The Arab Peace Initiative, 2002

Official translation of the full text of a Saudi-inspired peace plan adopted by the Arab summit in Beirut, 2002.

The Arab Peace Initiative

The Council of Arab States at the Summit Level at its 14th Ordinary Session,

Reaffirming the resolution taken in June 1996 at the Cairo Extra-Ordinary Arab Summit that a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East is the strategic option of the Arab countries, to be achieved in accordance with international legality, and which would require a comparable commitment on the part of the Israeli government,

Having listened to the statement made by his royal highness Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in which his highness presented his initiative calling for full Israeli withdrawal from all the Arab territories occupied since June 1967, in implementation of Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, reaffirmed by the Madrid Conference of 1991 and the land-for-peace principle, and Israel's acceptance of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in return for the establishment of normal relations in the context of a comprehensive peace with Israel,

Emanating from the conviction of the Arab countries that a military solution to the conflict will not achieve peace or provide security for the parties, the council:

1. Requests Israel to reconsider its policies and declare that a just peace is its strategic option as well.

2. Further calls upon Israel to affirm:

I- Full Israeli withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the June 4, 1967 lines as well as the remaining occupied Lebanese territories in the south of Lebanon.

II- Achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem to be agreed upon in accordance with U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194.

III- The acceptance of the establishment of a sovereign independent Palestinian state on the Palestinian territories occupied since June 4, 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

3. Consequently, the Arab countries affirm the following:

I- Consider the Arab-Israeli conflict ended, and enter into a peace agreement with Israel, and provide security for all the states of the region.


4. Assures the rejection of all forms of Palestinian patriation which conflict with the special circumstances of the Arab host countries.

5. Calls upon the government of Israel and all Israelis to accept this initiative in order to safeguard the prospects for peace and stop the further shedding of blood, enabling the Arab countries and Israel to live in peace and good neighbourliness and provide future generations with security, stability and prosperity.

6. Invites the international community and all countries and organisations to support this initiative.

7. Requests the chairman of the summit to form a special committee composed of some of its concerned member states and the secretary general of the League of Arab States to pursue the necessary contacts to gain support for this initiative at all levels, particularly from the United Nations, the Security Council, the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the Muslim states and the European Union.


I'd like to thank my fellow blogmates, especially Alan, for setting up the Gaza Relief Fund. That means a lot to me. Thanks. You may now resume consuming Guiness and raw potatoes.


BET said...

well obviously Israel has not seriously considered this.
They should.

Maybe Obama will push it, who knows.

Tariq al Hayder said...

No, BET. Obama will never pressure Israel into accepting peace. Why? Because:

a- Israel doesn't want peace.
b- Obama (or any US politician) would never dare to anger AIPAC.

I am so sure of this, that I'll give you $274.99 if this occurs. And I'll follow through on this one-sided bet, BET. You've got four years!

BET said...

BET said...

BET said...

Tariq, i would like you to start that withdrawl. Obama has chosen a man who is not Pro-Israel or Pro-Palestine, Favors 2 States, and ended a 800 year conflict in Ireland to be his middle east advisor.

Tariq al Hayder said...


Not only will I pay you $274.99, I'll do it with a shit-eating grin on my face!