World Bulletin / News Desk
Qatar's emir, who has thrown his state's riches behind Arab uprisings, said on Monday that the emergence of 'people power' had put Arabs in direct confrontation with Israel and made a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more pressing.
"We heard in the past that reform (in the Arab world) must wait until a peaceful settlement with Israel is achieved, but everybody should realise that such belief is now unfounded after the Arab Spring revolts," Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani told a conference in the Qatari capital.
"The reason is that the Arab Spring has today put Israel in direct confrontation with the Arab people, not only with their rulers. These people will no longer accept that negotiations are the goal in themselves."
He added: "Our region will not see peace unless we see a resolution to the Palestinian issue."
Sheikh Hamad's call for the establishment of a Palestinian state with Arab East Jerusalem as its capital was broadly in line with a long-standing Saudi plan.
"Israel must not lose this important opportunity to seek peace. Israel must withdraw to the '67 borders, with an independent state established with Jerusalem as its capital," Sheikh Hamad told the Doha Forum, attended by a number of leaders including Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh.Last Mod: 21 Mayıs 2013, 09:35