Last Thursday was the final day of the Arab League’s annual conference, which, according to Lawrence Franklin, might have been most interesting because of what it didn’t do:
[T]he most significant aspect of this year’s conference was the downgrading in significance of Palestinian issues on the agenda. . . . [W]hen the representative of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hectored delegates [by asserting] that they no longer seem to treat the depressed state of the Palestinian people as the overriding issue that should unite all Arabs, his pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears. . . .
Ironically, the only commentator who assessed that the Palestinian issue remains paramount in Arab minds was the French consul general in Jerusalem, Herv Magro, who commented that “the Israel-Palestinian conflict is the central issue in the Middle East.”