Saudi-led Arabs push blueprint for Palestine state as war rages

March 02, 2024

Many European states have embraced the unified Arab blueprint, though Washington is further apart, said two of the officials. Arab states will not get involved in the reconstruction of Gaza unless there is a commitment by Israel to take steps toward establishing Palestinian statehood, the officials said. Israel will resist having Palestinian statehood “shoved down our throats,” Netanyahu told CBS News on Sunday. Saudi Arabia sees the two tracks — the Arab plan and the talks with Washington — as complementary, said a person close to the kingdom’s leadership. The Arab plan may be announced publicly in the coming weeks and will serve as leverage to obtain maximum gains for Palestinians, he added.