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What Are the Official Positions of the Arab League on Israel and the Palestinian Territories?

General Reference (not clearly pro or con)


This site was archived on Aug. 3, 2021. The two-state solution is no longer the most popular solution among the jurisdictions involved. A reconsideration of the topic is possible in the future.

The Arab League adopted the Arab Peace Initiative at the Arab Summit in Beirut in Mar. 2002.

Mar. 2002

The Arab League, in an Apr. 29, 2013 meeting between John Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States, Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, and a delegation of Arab League members including Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar and Head of the Arab League Arab Peace Initiative (API) follow-up committee, Nabil el-Araby, Secretary General of the Arab League, and representatives from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, and Saudi Arabia, and reported on by the Washington Institute, available at their website, reaffirmed:

“[Arab League] support of the API along with land exchange, or ‘landswaps,’ as part of a final peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”

Apr. 29, 2013

The Arab League’s Kuwait Declaration, released at the conclusion of the 25th Arab Summit on Mar. 26, 2014, details of which is available on Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, stated:

“We express our absolute and decisive rejection to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.”

Mar. 26, 2014

The Jordan News Agency (PETRA), reporting on a statement by the Arab League Council following the Arab Foreign Ministers’ meeting on Mar. 9, 2014, available on, wrote:

“Arab foreign ministers’ meeting in Cairo on Sunday pledged not to recognise Israel as a Jewish state and reiterated full support to the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to end the Israeli occupation.

A statement issued by the Arab League Council said there will be no peace without the establishment of an independent state of Palestine as per June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

It called for Israel’s withdrawal from all Palestinian and Arab territories occupied in 1967, as stipulated by United Nations Security Council resolution 242, and said that U.S.-brokered peace negotiations should be based on relevant U.N. resolutions and the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.

The statement said it considered null and void all Israeli measures aimed at Judaising Arab East Jerusalem and obliterating its cultural and religious identity, adding that Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands were illegal and illegitimate under international law.

It dismissed all unilateral Israeli actions and attempts to impose a fait accompli through the settlement policy, construction of the West Bank separation barrier and dismemberment of Palestinian territory.

The ministers stressed the need for a just solution to the Palestinian refugees’ issue on the basis of the U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194, Israel’s release of all Palestinian and Arab prisoners and the lifting of the blockade of the Gaza Strip.”

Mar. 9, 2014