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Lots of talk, no progress towards peace

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The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, called for an international conference for peace in the Middle East at the opening of the Arab League Summit in Manama.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia on Thursday in Manama © BNA

The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, called for an international conference for peace in the Middle East at the opening of the Arab League Summit in Manama.

The king, and the summit’s host, reaffirmed his country’s support for the full recognition of a Palestinian state and the acceptance of its membership in the United Nations.

He stressed that the establishment of a Palestinian state will reflect positively on the region.

Last week, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly backed a Palestinian bid to become a full UN member and called on the UN Security Council to reconsider the request.

The vote by the 193-member General Assembly was a global survey of support for the Palestinian bid to become a full UN member - a move that would effectively recognize a Palestinian state - after the US vetoed it in the UN Security Council last month.

“What the Palestinians are facing requires a unified international stance,” the King of Bahrain said.

In its final communique, the Arab League called for a United Nations peacekeeping force in the Palestinian territories.

The “Manama Declaration” issued by the 22-member bloc called for “international protection and peacekeeping forces of the United Nations in the occupied Palestinian territories” until a two-state solution is implemented.

The participants did not mention the Israeli hostages held by Hamas since October 7th.

They did not call for the surrender of the terrorist movement. This option would allow for an end to the conflict in the Gaza Strip.

As for the project of a United Nations peacekeeping force in Gaza and the Palestinian territories, it is unrealistic.

The UN has shown its incapacity in Gaza and at the border between Israel and Lebanon.

Finally, the international organization, whose credibility is severely affected, is now under the influence of the Global South.

This is not a very encouraging sign.

By Andre Silvorn 

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