The Symbolic Timing of Israel's Mideast Summit for Palestinians

Twenty years since the Arab Peace Initiative was put forth in Beirut, the question of Palestine has all but disappeared from the diplomatic map

Jack Khoury
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On March 27, 2002, Arab leaders convened for an emergency meeting of the Arab League in Beirut. The chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat, was besieged in the Muqata’a compound in Ramallah, in the midst of the second intifada. His participation was prevented, but no one tried to ignore him or the Palestinian question or to exclude it from the agenda. On the contrary.

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