The Palestinians are pushing for a UN Security Council resolution demanding that the US rescind its declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.
Saudi Arabia warned Sunday that it would not stand idly by in the face of Iranian 'aggression,' as Bahrain said the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah was “in total control” of Lebanon.
Outgoing US President Bill Clinton's hasty drive to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by January 20 sputtered again on Thursday when Arab foreign ministers enshrined the Palestinian right of return as "sacred." The decision reinforces PLO chief Yasser Arafat's hard-line stand on an issue Clinton's "outline" for peace requires him to compromise and calls into question Washington's claim Arafat has said "yes" to the president's plan.
Arab leaders have gathered in Amman for a significant Arab League summit that appears set to follow a familiar script, taking a united stand against Israel, but not quite trusting the Palestinians, while remaining divided on regional troublemaker Iraq.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah were to meet with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in Damascus on Wednesday for talks ahead of the Arab summit in Amman slated for the end of the month.