PA demands apology from Libyan leader
The Palestinian Authority on Thursday demanded an apology from Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi for saying Palestinians were "idiots" in seeking their own state alongside Israel.
Gadhafi made the remarks on Wednesday during a speech at the 17th Arab summit in Algeria.
A Palestinian official called on Gadhafi to keep his theories to himself. "[We] have asked President Gadhafi to apologize to the Palestinian people for words ... that offended the feelings of all Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims," Tayeb Abdel Rahim, secretary general of the Fatah Central Committee, said in a statement, cited by Reuters.
"These remarks should not have been made by an Arab president at a summit conference and also contradicted the summit's resolutions," he noted. "We will not respond in the same way because we respect the brotherly Libyan people and we appreciate their traditional supportive position for the Palestinian people."