Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has emphasised his belief that Israel must accept what he calls the ‘hand of peace’. Speaking at the end of an Arab League summit in Riyadh, Abbas said that failure to do so would prolong the violence in the Middle East. A statement to mark the end of the Arab talks endorsed a plan first put forward five years ago by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.
The terms include a full Israeli withdrawal from land i has occupied since 1967; the acceptance of a Palestinian state, and a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem. Israel has rejected what it sees as a ‘land-for-peace’ deal, saying it needs to be negotiated. Other topics on the summit agenda included the capture of the 15 British Marines by Iran. Tehran says it has film to prove the troops repeatedly trespassed into Iranian territory.