Libyan leader slams Arab leaders over Gaza
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Sunday accused Arab leaders of a "cowardly" response to Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. According to him, they had failed to support the Palestinians beyond offering humanitarian aid or discussing a possible Arab summit.
"These characters should be ashamed of themselves. They are trading on the name of the Palestinian cause with their cowardly, weak and defeatist stands," said Gaddafi.
Gaddafi was addressing a gathering of his supporters on Saturday. His speech was carried by Libya's state news agency Jana. "One proposes a (peace) initiative. Another offers empty humanitarian relief. The next one makes speech and the other takes an initiative to call for an emergency Arab summit," he added.
Gaddafi said it would be better if Arab leaders did nothing or said nothing until they were able to come up with measures to deter Israel from attacking Palestinians. "Arabs are the ones who need peace, not the Israelis who live in peace. Who are dying in their dozens and hundreds? They are Arabs," he added, according to Reuters.
Gaddafi also dismissed proposals by Arab leaders on holding emergency summits. "How many times have you held emergency summits? Is this the first time you are proposing an emergency summit? How many summits have you held on the Palestinian issue? What have you achieved?" he asked.
Gaddafi urged Arab leaders to withdraw a Saudi-sponsored Arab initiative for peace to end the Arab-Israeli conflict. "You should withdraw your initiative, which you have called a Arab initiative. It is an Arab conspiracy," he added.