Libyan leader says Israelis, Palestinians are ”idiots”
During his speech Wednesday the 17th Arab summit in Algeria, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi called Israelis and Palestinians "idiots" for seeking two separate states and added the U.N. Security Council was a "terrorist" body.
According to Reuters, he also said the world should thank Syria for maintaining peace in Lebanon and argued that what he called "Islamic terrorism" was mainly the result of the West's cultural arrogance.
Gaddafi said Israel had no right to exist because the Palestinian inhabitants of the country never accepted it. But he added: "I cannot recognize either the Palestinian state or the Israeli state. Don't be angry, Abu Mazen, but the Palestinians are idiots and the Israelis are idiots."
The Israelis were wrong to try to hold on to the West Bank despite Palestinian resistance attacks and the Palestinians were wrong not to have established their own state after 1948, he said.
"The solution I think is to have a single state. We cannot have two states," added Gaddafi.
Gaddafi first raised his one state idea in 2002 in what he called "the White Book" in order to solve the Middle East question. His assumption is based on the right of return for 7 million Palestinian refugees in the Diaspora, comprehensive disarmament and making elections supervised by the UN. These are to be followed by the Arab recognition of this state which he called "Isratin" (as a combination of two states - Israel and Filastin).