Saudis Exclude Israel from Meeting on Mideast Peace at UN

By Hamodia Staff

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan. (Austrian Foreign Ministry)

YERUSHALAYIM — Saudi Arabia has invited most Arab countries and the Palestinians to a meeting on Mideast peacemaking at the U.N. on Wednesday, but Israel was not invited, The Times of Israel reported, quoting the Saudi Al Arabiya news outlet, and confirmed by two Arab diplomatic sources.

The closed ministerial conclave marks the 20th anniversary of the Arab Peace Initiative, and will focus on proposals to revive the peace process.

The 2002 initiative offered Israel full normalized relations with all 22 members of the Arab League if Israel would agree to a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders and with a “just” resolution for Palestinian refugees. It was rejected by Israel.

The 2020 signing of the Abraham Accords has been adduced as proof that regional peace must be predicated on a solution to the Palestinian problem is false. The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco agreed to normalize relations with Israel even though the Palestinian matter has not been settled.

Saudi Arabia has rebuffed various invitations to join the Abraham Accords, insisting that  the Palestinian issue must be resolved first.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borell, Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit are slated to address the session, Al Arabiya reports.

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