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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Arab League Chairman Cautions Against Ties With Israel

Mr. Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League cautioned Arab and Muslim countries from rushing into establishing diplomatic ties with Israel now that it has withdrawn from Gaza.
“Israel’s policies do not deserve Arab courtesy,” Moussa said in an inteview with the Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat conducted earlier this month at the United Nations in New York.

“Why are they offering (Israel) free rewards?” he said, referring to Israel’s Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom’s meetings with ministers from Pakistan, Jordan, Tunisia, Indonesia and Qatar at the United Nations.

“I don’t understand why they are hailing Israel. Because of the withdrawal from Gaza? Doesn’t every one know that this is an incomplete withdrawal and that settlements are still being built and that the wall is being built?” he asked.

I think Mr. Amr Moussa, with all due respect to the man, should keep this for him, for each Arab and Muslim country is free and sovereign to decide whether to normalize reltaions with Israel or not. We all know that this is a game of mutual interests. We know as well that Egypt has already diplomatic ties with Israel and I don't think Mr. Moussa will tolerate whomsoever to criticize his country for that. (Via Khaleej Times)


Blogger hannibal said...

hello Hannibal II (or I if you prefer), thanks for your very interesting and informative posts.

although every country is free to choose how to deal with Israel, I think Amr Moussa is right, Arab and muslim countries shouldn't normalize their relationships whith israel until it completly withdaws from Palestine.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Hannibal said...

Hi Hannibal :)

I would like to say I really hate talking politics and I really respect your opinion but I think we could not be "plus royaliste que le roi". What I meant by ties with Israel is just to boost trade and economic relations with those arab or muslim countries who need such excahnges and who are free to do it, morevover, the problem of isareli occupation to Palestinian won't be solved over night, things are getting worse there yes but should we keep plurnishing because it's a political problem, I think even the Palestinian authority is in need for economic development.

9:19 AM  

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