RAMALLAH, June 25 (KUNA) -- The 2002 Arab Peace Initiative has become part of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1515 and a "red line" that cannot be crossed, the Palestinian Presidency said.
The presidency spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeinah, said in a statement on Tuesday that the Arab initiative had been endorsed by Arab and Islamic summit, thus neither (White House Advisor Gerad) Kushner nor others could re-write" it on behalf of these summits.
Kushner, mastermind of the Bahrain-hosted economic workshop for the Middle East, had said that Washington was aspiring not to revive the Arab initiative but creating a new compromise solution.
"Peace will not be at any price," Abu Rudeinah said, noting that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, during latest Arab and Islamic summits, uncovered a US-proposed "deal that targets our national cause."
The Manama economic workshop, held today under American sponsorship, is designed to pave the way for establishing "an emirate in Gaza and expanding separating it from the West Bank as well as Judaizing Jerusalem," he said.
The Palestinian authority, along with some Arab countries, are boycotting the Manama workshop, amid controversies whether the Palestinian cause should be addressed from purely an economic perspective.
Abu Rudeinah stated, "Any plan that does not pass through the Palestinian legitimacy is doomed," adding that any unilateral measures aimed at stepping over Arab and international legitimacy will reach a dead end.
"Palestine has not designated anyone to speak on its behalf and there is no legitimacy other than resolutions of the Palestinian people represented by the Palestine Liberation Organization and decisions of the national councils."
The Arab Peace Initiative, also known as the "Saudi Initiative", was endorsed by the Arab League in 2002 at the Beirut Summit and re-endorsed at the 2007 Arab League summit and at the 2017 Arab League summit.
The initiative calls for normalizing relations between the Arab region and Israel, in exchange for a full withdrawal by Israel from the occupied territories (including East Jerusalem) and a "just settlement" of the Palestinian refugee problem based on UN Resolution 194.
United Nations Security Council resolution 1515 was adopted unanimously on November 19, 2003, after recalling all previous resolutions on the situation in the Middle East, particularly resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 1397 (2002) and the Madrid Principles. The Council endorsed the "road map" for peace proposed by the Middle East Quartet. The resolution envisaged a Palestinian state by 2005 in return for security guarantees for Israel. (end)