First proposed in 2002, the Arab League’s peace initiative calls for Israel to completely withdraw to the pre-1967 lines, which includes Gaza, the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, as well as a “just” solution to the Palestinian refugee situation, in exchange for normalized relations with the Arab world.
The proposal, which was reportedly modified during a recent meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Arab League leaders, includes the possibility of “land swaps” between Israel and the Palestinians.
“The so-called new Arab initiative is rejected by our people, by our nation and no one can accept it,” said Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Hamas, Al-Jazeera reported.
“The initiative contains numerous dangers to our people in the occupied land of 1967, 1948 and to our people in exile,” Haniyeh said.
Hamas refuses to recognize the state of Israel, including its internationally recognized pre-1967 borders.