Arab League debates Mideast peace prospects

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Arab League debates Mideast peace prospects

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The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has dominated debate at a summit of the Arab League in Libya.

The possibility of peace talks resuming has taken a hit over the controversy surrounding Israel’s promise to push ahead with settlement building.

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted Israel’s policy of considering the whole of Jerusalem as its capital as “madness”.

He told the delegates that Jerusalem is “the apple of the eye for every Muslim”.

“Arab nations can’t accept any Israeli violation in Jerusalem or in Muslim sites,” he said.

The summit has also heard a warning that the peace process may end up being a total failure and they must prepare alternatives.

The Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Mousa, did not specify what those alternatives could be.

However it is reported one possibility is the revival of a plan first proposed eight years ago under which Arab states would normalise ties with Israel in exchange for concessions on territory.