Contact B'nai B'rith

1120 20th Street NW, Suite 300N Washington, D.C. 20036


B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:

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 whoin step with the rest of the Arab Leaguefalsely 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.