Shocker: Arab League rejects Israel’s demand for recognition as a Jewish state

In a seven-page resolution at Arab League headquarters in Cairo, assembled foreign ministers called the issue of Palestinian refugees an integral part of a comprehensive and just peace.

The statement also offers strong backing to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who said publicly last week that he would never recognize Israel as a Jewish state despite facing strong international pressure, though he did not identify who had pressured him.

The resolution rejects “the demand by Israel and some international parties to identify Israel as a Jewish state, which aims to annul the right of return and compensation for Palestinian refugees.” The statement also calls for efforts to convene an international conference to address the issue, and a re-evaluation of the role of the mediators known as the Quartet (The United Nations, European Union, US and Russian) in light of their “failure to make any achievement in realizing just and comprehensive peace.”