Palestine seeks Arab League meeting on Gaza war and Israeli settlements

This request comes in response to recent developments, including Israel’s announcement of new settlement outposts.

Palestine has requested an extraordinary meeting of the Arab League to address Israel’s ongoing military operations in Gaza and settlement expansion in the West Bank. Mohannad Aklouk, Palestine’s permanent representative to the Arab League, announced that the meeting would be held at the level of permanent delegates this week.

The meeting would discuss confronting the Israeli crimes of genocide and colonial expansion in the West Bank, Aklouk stated in an interview with WAFA, the official Palestinian news agency. However, the Arab League has not yet confirmed the meeting.

This request comes in response to recent developments, including Israel’s announcement of new settlement outposts. Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich declared that the Security Cabinet had authorized one new outpost for each country that unilaterally recognized Palestine as a state in the past month.

Several European countries, including Spain, Ireland, and Norway, have recently recognized Palestinian statehood, joining over 140 UN member states that have done so over the past four decades. Slovenia and Malta have also indicated plans to formally recognize Palestine.

The five new settlement outposts approved are Evyatar, Givat Assaf, Sde Efraim, Heletz, and Adorayim. It’s worth noting that international law considers all Israeli settlement-building activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (al-Quds) illegal, as these are regarded as occupied territories.

This development highlights the ongoing tensions in the region and the complex interplay between international recognition of Palestine and Israel’s settlement policies. The outcome of the proposed Arab League meeting, if confirmed, could have significant implications for regional diplomacy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.