Arafat Says Palestinians Will Not Kneel Down to Israel
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat said on Saturday that the Palestinian people would not kneel down to Israel.
Arafat’s remarks came upon arrival in Cairo to attend an urgent meeting of the follow-up committee at the Arab League.
The meeting was called for by Arafat to discuss Israel’s latest attacks on the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
“The Palestinians will continue with their steadfastness until we pray in Jerusalem,” he told reporters.
The meeting is being held behind closed doors.
The committee includes foreign ministers of Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said on Thursday that the ministers would discuss Arab calls for an urgent UN security council meeting to discuss the Palestinian cause and the American rejection for this call.
Lebanese Foreign Ministry officials said the Cairo meeting would also discuss recent Israeli threats against Syria and Lebanon. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, reported the Associated Press.
Earlier this week, Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer said Israel would "hit whomever is responsible for what goes on in Lebanon." - Albawaba.com
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