May 31, 2018 Special Dispatch No. 7499

Saudi Writer: The Arab League Summits Are Completely Pointless; Palestinian Leaders – First And Foremost Jerusalem Mufti Al-Husseini And PLO Leader Arafat – Damaged The Palestinian Cause The Most

May 31, 2018
Saudi Arabia, Palestinians | Special Dispatch No. 7499

In an article in the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that was published two days after the Arab League summit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Saudi writer Mish'al Al-Sudairy argued that these conferences are pointless because over the years they have produced almost nothing. While the Palestinian issue topped the agenda at all of them, he said, "all of them have concluded with nothing... [because] the Arabs are incapable of fighting and incapable of making peace." He accused Palestinian leaders, first and foremost Jerusalem grand mufti Hajj Amin Al-Husseini and PLO leader Yasser Arafat, of damaging the just Palestinian cause, criticized the boastful anti-Israel slogans used by the Arabs at these summits, and praised the two Saudi peace initiatives – Crown Prince Fahd's, in 1981, and King Abdallah's, in 2002, for breaking through the "all or nothing" approach.[1]

Mish'al Al-Sudairy (Source:, April 22, 2018)

The following are translated excerpts from Al-Sudairy's article:

"In advance of [every] Arab League summit, I break out in hives writing on any political issue – particularly on the Palestinian issue, an extremely just issue that is handled in the worst possible way. To date, there have been 41 [Arab League] summits, from the 1946 Inshas summit in Egypt to the most recent Al-Quds Summit [in April 2018, in Saudi Arabia].[2] Heading the list [of subjects] at [all] these summits has of course been the Palestinian issue; all of them have concluded with nothing. Unfortunately, the Arabs are incapable of fighting and incapable of making peace, and this is their complex tragedy.

"We must admit frankly that the ones who damaged the [Palestinian] cause more than anyone else were some Palestinian leaders and some Arab leaders. Enumerating them one by one, [Jerusalem grand mufti] Amin Al-Husseini, during World War II, naively gambled on Hitler with the entire weight of the Palestinian issue. He said in a speech: 'The Arabs are the natural friends of Germany because they have common enemies – the British, the Jews, and the Communists – and they [the Arabs] are willing to participate in the war.' But Hitler had no position on these statements. Al-Husseini remained in Germany, receiving a monthly salary of 150,000 marks, but the moment Germany's defeat became clear, he fled to Cairo; he was the one who tried to combine the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Nazi ideology. This position of Al-Husseini brought the rage of Britain, Russia, and the U.S. down upon him, and he added fuel to the fire by opposing the [1947 U.N.] partition resolution giving the Palestinians 49% of the territory – such that as soon as the State of Israel was declared, Russia and the U.S. were the first to recognize it.

"The same goes for Yasser Arafat, who refused to participate in the Mena House conference in Cairo,[3] which might possibly have regained the West Bank, even before a single [Israeli] settlement had been built in it.  Several years later, and after the West Bank filled up with settlers, our brother [Arafat] told us of the distorted solution called the 'Oslo [Accords].

"No practical or rational solution came out of all these serial [Arab League summit] conferences [over the years] except for two: the 1980 [sic; 1981] conference at which [Saudi] King Fahd's peace plan was proposed,[4] and the 2002 conference [at which Saudi] King Abdullah's Middle East peace initiative [was proposed]...

"According to the popular saying, 'he who wants everything loses everything.' Ultimately, nothing came of the boastful slogans... just as the [1967] Khartoum conference – a mountain that gave birth to a mouse – gladdened us with its resolution of 'no to peace [with Israel], no to negotiations [with Israel], and no to recognition [of Israel]'... [and ultimately] this decision did not kill Israel, and impacted it not at all – and served only to further drug and paralyze the Arabs' minds."


[1] Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), April 17, 2018.

[2] At the opening session of the 29th Arab League summit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Saudi King Salman bin Abd Al-'Aziz dubbed it the "Al-Quds [Jerusalem] Summit."

[3] The peace conference at the Mena House in Cairo, on December 14, 1977, after Egyptian President Anwar Sadat visited Israel, included representatives from Israel, Egypt, and the U.S., and U.N. observers. A PLO representative was invited but refused to come.

[4] The eight-point Fahd Peace Plan was proposed in August 1981 for the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, by Saudi Crown Prince Fahd, later King Fahd.  

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