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Arab League looks to French summit to force Israeli concessions

Arab League meeting convenes in Cairo ahead of June peace summit.


Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi blasted Israel as a bastion of “fascism and racial discrimination” on Saturday at a meeting of foreign ministers to discuss a French Middle East peace initiative.

The Arab ministers are expected to adopt a resolution on the plan to revive
negotiations between Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority.

In his speech to the ministers, Arabi, who has been a vocal critic of Israel, said the country “has truly become today the last bastion of fascism, colonialism and racial discrimination in the world”.

Abbas has rejected an Israeli offer for direct negotiations instead of the French multilateral peace initiative, which Israel has turned down.

On Saturday, he blamed Israel for stalling the talks.

“We tried hard with the Israeli government to implement signed treaties and respect our and their


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