Cairo, May 8 (Petra)– The Arab League has reiterated that there will be no peace in the Middle East without a full Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories and a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The League’s Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and Occupied Lands Affairs Mohammed Subeih told reporters on Saturday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was trying to circumvent the essence of the Arab-Israeli conflict by raising minor issues, namely Iran’s nuclear programme.
He said a 2002 Arab Peace Initiative was the best offer for Israel over the six-decade old conflict.
“Israel should know well that responding (positively) to the land-for-peace Arab initiative is the sole means to attain peace in the region,” he said at a press conference at Arab League headquarters in Cairo.
He said the Arab position firmly upholds turning the Middle East into a zone free of weapons of mass destruction, foremost of which are nuclear weapons.
Subeih noted that the league’s member states had signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty NPT and said Israel should follow suit.