B’nai B’rith condemns the Arab League’s declaration of the “absolute and decisive rejection to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.” This statement—released by the 22-nation Arab League following a two-day summit in Kuwait—illustrates a major obstacle to Middle East peace, namely the Arab world’s blanket repudiation of the sovereign right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.
This latest iteration of Arab League doctrine seemingly lays out its strategy in the current round of peace talks—refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, while blaming Israel for the lack of progress in peace talks. This policy highlights its intransigence, coming even at a time when the United States is trying to secure a peace deal.
The Arab League's statement causes a regression in the peace process.
Recognition of Israel as a Jewish state would address the issue of a renunciation of claims and an end of conflict.
The summit also featured an address by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who--in step with the rest of the Arab League--falsely accused Israel of obstructing the peace talks, thereby deflecting attention from the Arab League’s own rejectionist decision.
Recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is a key element to any lasting peace agreement.