Gaddafi & Assad Call on Arab States to Rescue Jerusalem From Israelis
Libyan dictator Moamar Gaddafi and Syrian tyrant Bashir al-Assad are calling on all Arab states to rescue Jerusalem from the “Israeli schemes.”
Libya’s maverick leader Moamer Kadhafi hosts his first Arab summit this weekend that aims to “rescue” Jerusalem as Israel defies international calls for a settlement freeze in the Holy City.
The Saturday-Sunday summit in Sirte is also expected to home in on Sudan where President Omar al-Beshir, although faced with an international arrest warrant for alleged war crimes in Darfur, is seeking re-election.
The Israeli-Palestinian peace process has already dominated the runup to the summit amid calls for both the Arab world’s pro-Western and radical leaders to set aside feuding and unite against Israel.
Kadhafi, who himself has been known to storm out of Arab summits in the past and has a history of ruffling the feathers of fellow Arab leaders at such forums, has set the tone.
His Mediterranean hometown of Sirte in central Libya is decked with banners that proclaim: “The time is not for disputes,” “We must work together,” and “The interest of the (Arab) nation rises above all differences.”
Syria has also set the lofty target of Arab unity and circulated a proposal on how to “resolve Arab differences,” according to delegates.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose country like Libya is emerging from international isolation, called on Wednesday for the Arab world to close ranks and “rescue Jerusalem from Israeli schemes.”