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
69 Total posts

Read Also

Dubai Court announces three important updates regarding divorced parents

The recent easing of travel rules for divorced parents and their children in Dubai comes at an opportune time, coinciding with the onset of the Eid Al Adha holidays and the summer vacation.

UAE Launches New Government Entity to Regulate Private Schools in Ras Al Khaimah

A new government entity will oversee the regulation of private schools in Ras Al Khaimah, as announced on Friday.

UAE Eid Al Adha: Public Park Timings Announced for Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah

The Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport has announced the operating hours for public parks, community parks, and playgrounds in the emirate during the four-day Eid Al Adha holidays, which span from June 15 to June 18.

UAE strongly condemns Israeli non-stop violations urging immediate ceasefire

In response to the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestine, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a stern condemnation of Israeli violations.

UAE Firms Warn of Fake "Cheaper" Insurance Schemes on Social Media

Insurance brokerage companies are sounding the alarm about scammers posting deals on social media that are too good to be true.

Dubai Government announce early salary disbursement for its employees ahead Eid

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Accelerates Salary Disbursement for Dubai Government Employees Ahead of Eid Al Adha

Abu Dhabi Police raises awareness on drug dangers for public safety

In conjunction with the Protocol and Public Relations Department and the Drug Control Department, Abu Dhabi Police recently conducted a lecture. The objective was to increase awareness of the hazards of substance abuse and to develop methods to...

The Human Rights Office criticizes Israel for killing 500 Palestinians

Since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, more than 500 Palestinians have been slain in the West Bank by Israeli security forces and Jewish settlers, according to a report released on Tuesday by the UN human rights office.

There is no clear position from Israel regarding the ceasefire agreement

On Tuesday, Qatar, the mediator, stated that it was awaiting Israel's "clear position" over a potential truce in Gaza and a deal to free the hostages.

UAE introduces Aid Ship from Larnaca Port in Collaboration with USAID for Gaza

In a joint effort with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the UAE has announced the dispatch of a new aid shipment to the Gaza Strip.

UAE and Saudi Arabia unveil joint effort to combat smoking

As World No-Tobacco Day rolls around on May 31, the UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) is issuing a fervent call to action.

UAE: Speeding Tops List of State Road Violations Last Yea

According to data released by the Ministry of Interior, traffic accidents across the country last year were largely influenced by violations, with exceeding the speed limit being the most prevalent among drivers. This violation led to numerous...

UAE Implements new Medical Tech to Slash Diagnosis Time from 3 Years to 1 Day

The potential benefits of incorporating genomic medicine and AI into healthcare delivery extend far beyond the UAE, providing prospects for enhanced precision in diagnoses and individualized therapeutic approaches.

Abu Dhabi Maritime launches the second edition of the Marina Awards

Abu Dhabi Maritime, a division of the AD Ports Group, has recently unveiled the start of submissions for the second installment of the esteemed 'Abu Dhabi Maritime Awards'.

Dubai announces ban on single-use bags from June 1; fines, exemptions revealed

The city-wide prohibition on single-use bags, including paper and plastic ones, is set to take effect in Dubai in less than three months.

UAE Ministry of Health launches the “Easy Payment Plan” initiative for customers

The Ministry of Health and Community Protection unveiled its latest initiative, the “Easy Payment Plan,” designed to facilitate installment-based payment of service fees for customers using credit cards issued by eight local banks.

Emirati Diplomat Calls for Global Recognition of Palestinian Statehood

Speaking at the Arab Media Forum in Dubai, Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, the diplomatic advisor to the UAE President, delivered a compelling message regarding the imperative need to swiftly establish and recognize a Palestinian state as a fundamental...

Dubai Shortens Travel Times Through Major Road Improvements

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has successfully completed infrastructure upgrades on Streets A11 and A26 in the Al Mizhar area, marking a significant milestone in the city's efforts to alleviate traffic congestion.

UAE: Rain-Damaged Cars Enter the Market for Sale After Recent Floods

Industry insiders have reported that damaged vehicles in the United Arab Emirates started showing up for sale on unregulated markets, such as classified websites, following the country's historic rainfall on April 16.

Dubai Metro announces the full resumption of its operations

Dubai's infrastructure sector is undergoing rapid development, presenting a significant opportunity for real estate investment in 2024.

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