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“Arab League Summit Opens With Row Over Palestinian Support”
by YnetNews   
March 28th, 2014

Summit draft resolution 'categorically' refuses to recognize Israel as Jewish state, 'rejects all pressure on Palestinian leadership' to accept demand.

KUWAIT CITY - Qatar's ruler kicked off the opening session of the annual Arab League summit on Tuesday by criticizing fellow Arab leaders over their attitude to the Palestinians.

Sheik Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani reprimanded member states for not following through on a Qatari proposal made a year ago to set up a $1 billion fund to help the Arab residents of East Jerusalem, defiantly declaring that his tiny but super-rich nation will go ahead with the $250 million it has already pledged.

A resolution to create the fund was adopted by last year's Arab summit held in Qatar.

He also renewed calls for a small Arab summit to be held try to resolve differences between the militant Hamas group, which rules the Gaza Strip, and the Western-backed Fatah group in the West Bank. Qatar supports Hamas.

Meanwhile, in a final resolution drafted ahead of the summit, the League said it would flatly refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish.

Israel has made the demand for recognition a condition of reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

According to the draft of the final resolution, obtained by AFP, the Arab states declare their "absolute and categorical refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state". The resolution also "rejects all pressure to this effect on the Palestinian leadership", a likely reference to American efforts to keep the negotiations going after their April deadline.

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