Yesterday, the Arab League foreign minister conference in Cairo discussed Palestinian affairs, the Syrian Civil War and Iran.
Al-Quds reports Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acknowledging that a “Palestinian Spring” is underway. Recently, Palestinians in the West Bank have protested against the Palestinian Authority’s inability to make food and living costs more affordable. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad also weighed in on this issue, asserting that the PA has improved the standard of living in spite of overall Israeli control of the West Bank.
As I have previously noted, a rise of Palestinian self-immolations have occurred this week in protest of social and economic grievances. Yesterday, another Palestinian man unsuccessfully attempted to set himself on fire. The direct and immediate frustration is levelled against Palestinian leaders. Some have called for Abbas and Fayyad to resign while others have demanded that the PA cease negotiations with the Jewish state.
During another session at the Arab League conference, President Mohammed Morsy attempted to restore Egypt’s once influential role in the Middle East by calling on Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign. The most important aspect in aiding the rebels would obviously be the implementation of a no-fly zone which does not seem likely. It is ironic that Egypt, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have the air power to implement a Muslim-led no-fly zone yet refuse to intervene.
In a show of Arab solidarity, the conference agreed on the United Arab Emirate’s sovereignty over Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa Islands, occupied by Iran since 1971. The foreign ministers demanded that Iran end its rule over the islands; to evacuate all settlements; and to reverse changes made to the Islands’ demographic makeup.