Arab League Meets to Discuss Gaza


Foreign ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria were present at the Arab league meeting today in Cairo to discuss the Gaza crisis. The meeting covered familiar ground, including harsh condemnation of Israel. 

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council and demand a halt to the Israeli airstrikes, even if it risks a veto. He told Abbas that the league would back him. 

One interesting point to note: Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal discussed the need for a Palestinian national unity government. He said that had such a government been in place, a "massacre" would not be taking place right now. 

So will the meeting generate any change in Gaza? One of the journalists I spoke to said that it was unlikely. She remarked that it had taken the Arab League five days to finally meet since the strikes had started and after nearly 400 Palestinians had been killed.

The meeting therefore could be just a show for the people on Arab streets, to make them feel that their leaders are trying to do something about the situation when in reality nothing may come of it.

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