Arab leaders head to Bahrain for Gaza focused summit

Mohamed Shalaby - | Arab

The Israel-Hamas conflict, which has been raging in the Gaza Strip with little sign of a ceasefire, is the main topic of discussion for Arab leaders assembling in Bahrain on Thursday for a summit.

Wednesday saw the arrival of heads of state and government in Manama, the Gulf nation's capital, where the 22 members of the Arab League's flags were flying.

This marks the first time the bloc has convened since an unprecedented summit in November that took place in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia's neighbor, and included leaders of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Despite growing indignation in the region and broad support for the Palestinian cause, leaders at that summit declined to take punishing economic and political steps against the country, while denouncing the “barbaric” acts of Israeli forces in Gaza.

This time, according to Kuwaiti expert Zafer al-Ajmi, that might change if support for the two-state solution, which has long been supported by Arab nations, grows internationally.

Since Israel's founding more than 70 years ago, Ajmi claimed, public opinion in the West has grown “more inclined to support the Palestinians and lift the injustice inflicted on them”.

He claimed that Israel has been stuck in combat for more than seven months and has not been able to accomplish its war goals, which included eliminating Hamas.

An AFP calculation of Israeli official numbers indicates that more than 1,170 people, largely civilians, were killed in Hamas's October 7 strike on southern Israel, which precipitated the start of the conflict.

About 250 captives were also taken by the terrorists; of these, Israel thinks that 128 are still in Gaza, 36 of whom the IDF claims are dead.

According to the health ministry of Gaza, which is managed by Hamas, Israel's military reaction has killed at least 35,233 people, most of them civilians. Additionally, an Israeli siege has resulted in severe food shortages and the possibility of famine.

Nearly 500,000 people have been evacuated from the southern Gaza city of Rafah, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is determined to pursue the last few Hamas battalions there in spite of US President Joe Biden's reservations.

Additionally, he refuted assertions that Israeli actions in that region would result in a “humanitarian catastrophe,” despite the fact that the majority of the world community is still adamantly against an invasion of Rafah.

Ajmi stated that "the tone of Arab countries has changed" in light of this and the mediator Qatar's description of negotiations on a truce and hostage release agreement as approaching a deadlock. This suggests that the summit's final statement may contain "binding" measures.

Following a conference in Bahrain, one of two Gulf nations, along with the United Arab Emirates, to normalize ties with Israel in 2020 under the US-brokered Abraham Accords, the message would be particularly potent.

Arab leaders are anticipated to talk about wars in Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad is scheduled to participate after rejoining the Arab community last year. These discussions will extend beyond the Israel-Hamas conflict.

As a show of support for Palestinians, the Houthis of Yemen have attacked ships in the Red Sea, and Mahmeed al-Mahmeed, a journalist and analyst from Bahrain, stated that this might also be on the agenda.

Bahrain joined a Washington-organized marine coalition to fend off the assaults.

According to Mahmeed, "the importance of these crucial sea lanes extends beyond the countries in the region to the global economy."

About Author

Mohamed Shalaby
Mohamed Shalaby
47 Total posts

Read Also

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Launches $71 Flight Subscription Service

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has unveiled an expanded version of its innovative flight subscription service, Wizz MultiPass. This revolutionary offering provides travelers with a fixed price for flights and baggage throughout the year.

Emirates announces flight resumption from Dubai to Lagos in Nigeria on October 1

Emirates Airlines launched a statement announcing the resumption of its services to Nigeria, commencing on October 1, 2024. 

UAE Flights Unaffected After Munich Airport Closure Due to Climate Protest

Flagship carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways have confirmed that flights between the UAE and Germany remained unaffected by the brief closure of Munich International Airport on Saturday.

UAE: How to issue a new blue residence visa for 10 years?

The United Arab Emirates has declared a permanent residence for environmentalists. The 10-year visa, known as "Blue Residency," will be given to people who have demonstrated "exceptional contributions and efforts" toward...

Emirates: New departments are organized in these universities

In the United Arab Emirates, institutions of higher learning, including colleges and universities, will be divided into research and non-research categories before being graded according to a number of criteria. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,...

UAE strongly condemns Israel PM remarks on the Gaza Administration

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has voiced its severe dissatisfaction with recent statements made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Gulf state's possible role in Gaza's post-war governance.

UAE delivers an ambulance and x-ray machine to bolster Gaza healthcare

In a significant move towards bolstering medical services in the Gaza Strip, Operation "The Gallant Knight 3" has seen the delivery of vital medical equipment and supplies to the Marwani Field Hospital.

UAE condemns the Israeli attack on the Rafah border crossing

The Israeli forces' entry and capture of the Rafah entry point in southern Gaza have been fiercely opposed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Dubai confirms Global Village Unharmed Amidst Weather Concerns

Dubai's entertainment landscape stands as a testament to resilience, innovation, and adaptability, particularly evident during challenging weather events.

UAE: The Best 9 Smart Strategies for Grocery Shopping to Maximize Savings

In a landscape where the cost of living is steadily climbing, residents across the UAE are increasingly seeking ways to trim their expenses and bolster their savings.

Four US made ATACMS missiles are allegedly downed by Russia over Crimea

The US-made Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) that Washington has been supplying to Ukraine in recent weeks were shot down four times over Crimea, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense on Saturday.

Famous poet Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsin of Saudi Arabia passes away at age 75.

Turki Al al-Shikh, the Chairman of Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority, announced the death of Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsin, a highly regarded poet in the country, early on Saturday.

Qatar mulls on whether to continue mediating and the future of the Hamas office in Doha.

According to an official acquainted with the Qatari government's reevaluation, Qatar may close the political office of Hamas as part of a larger review of its role as a mediator in the conflict between Israel and the violent Palestinian group.

A collection of phrases on UAE Flag Day, Zayed, UAE flag 2024

We talk about the best quotes about Emirati Flag Day and the cutest images of the Emirati flag as a result of one of the best compilations of Zayed's sayings and images being released in advance of the country's Flag Day, which the people...

The Emirates declares a state of emergency due to the weather condition

A coordinated meteorological task team has convened in the United Arab Emirates in front of impending intense precipitation, which comes weeks after a record-breaking flood inflicted extensive damage throughout the Emirates.

UAE rain: Heavy rain and thunderstorms during this week

A weather expert said that as the UAE prepares to face the difficult weather conditions starting on Wednesday, it is not expected that the percentage of rain during this day will be like the rain on April 16.

Emirates Airport: Residents prepare for the island’s airport by parking their cars in high places and storing

The people of the Emirates are closely following the weather situation after the disaster that occurred last week, and according to weather forecasts, there is a high chance of rain.

Hajj package prices from inside Saudi Arabia 1445 and how to register

Regarding it, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah released a statement that included the costs for pilgrims traveling within the Kingdom as well as the amount of the additional tax. Using the Nusk application, you can register for the Hajj from anywhere...

Preventing holders of Saudi visit visas from entering 4 airports

Since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia introduced the visit visa, the Kingdom has made a ruling that prohibits the entry of certain airports by the holders of these visas, blocking the entry of Saudi visit visa holders into four airports....

UAE: How to issue a new blue residence visa for 10 years?