- Rejects US Recognition of Israel Sovereignty
The Arab League at its Summit in Tunis, Tunisia, on Sunday, March 31, 2019, chided the United States on its recognition of Israel as a sovereign state in the Arab world. The League was holding its meeting at a time wars were ravaging countries like Syria and Yemen, including the leadership conflicts in Libya, the transition crisis in Algeria and continuous boycotting of Qatar.
At the Sunday Summit, the Arab leaders renewed advocacy for the establishment of a Palestinian State, condemning the action of the United States in recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.
Accordingly, the 30th Arab League Summit holding in Tunis commenced on Sunday, with acknowledgment of the wars in Syria and Yemen, political instability in Libya, and mass anti-government protests in Algeria and Sudan, as well as a continuing boycott of Qatar by four members of the League.
In a speech opening at the Summit, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia reaffirmed the continuous support by Saudi Arabia for a Palestinian State in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which capital is the occupied East Jerusalem.
Tunisian President, Beli Caid Essebsi, echoed the King’s speech, acknowledging the significance of the Palestinian affairs to the Arab world while calling for unity of member states of the League.
“It is unreasonable for the Arab region to continue to be at the forefront of tensions and crises,” Essebsi had said.
Arab leaders, including Salman, Essebsi and Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, also condemned US President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which Israel captured in the 1967 war.
“We reiterate our categorical rejection of measures that would undermine Syrian sovereignty over the Golan,” King Salman declared.
The League could not harmonize the interests of member states for a united action on Palestine liberation. Thus, expectations of concrete action were low because of the close ties regional powerhouses such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, UAE, have developed with the Trump administration, viewing it as a key ally against their main rival, Iran..
“There is very little intention to come up with very clear outcomes other than the usual discourse of establishing Palestine right and the general Arab stance on regional issues,” Majed al-Ansari, professor of political sociology at Qatar University, told Al-Jazeera.
“I don’t believe I’ve heard anything that would constitute a new trend in what would come out of the summit,” Ansari added.