Abbas: Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 with no amendments only option for peace

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at Arab League meeting in 2015 (Photo: screenshot)

Speaking at the 28th Arab League Summit in Amman Wednesday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that the Arab Peace Initiative is the only resolution the Palestinian will accept for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Arab League Summit took place in Amman, Jordan and was attended by leaders and representatives from 21 Arab states. The Arab League announced last week that the Palestinian Authority would introduce a revised “peace plan” for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last week, this not occurring.

Instead, Abbas announced that the Palestinian Authority would not accept any suggested amendments to the Arab Peace Initiative, which was created in 2002, stating, “We [the Palestinians] want it to be implemented as it was in 2002, without amendments.” He also demanded Britain apologize for the Balfour Declaration and claimed Israeli settlement growth as leading to one state and an ongoing apartheid.

The Arab Peace Initiative was written in 2002 during the Arab League Summit in Beirut. Yasser Arafat governed the Palestinian Authority at the time. The plan offered a peace agreement with Israel if Israel withdraws to 1967 borders as well withdraw from the Golan Height, recognize a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, as well as a final solution under the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 for Palestinian refugees.

Abbas’s remarks come following his meeting with United States President Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt on Tuesday. Abbas stated following his meeting that the Palestinians are “ready and willing to cooperate with President Trump to achieve a just, sustainable peace based on the principles of the international community,” contrary to his actions at the Arab League Summit Wednesday.

Also during the Summit, Jordanian King Abdullah II claimed that Israeli settlement growth in the West Bank “undermines” any chance of peace, stating, “There can be no peace nor stability in the region without a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause- the core issue of the Middle East-based on the two-state solution.”

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, March 29, 2017, and reposted with permission.