Commentary: Can The Arab States Finesse This One?

For extremists in the Middle East, the Arab summit that ended in Cairo on Oct. 22 was a bust. While Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa warned Israel, "We mean business," the group took very little specific action. Radical Palestinian groups and traditionally belligerent countries such as Iraq and Libya, which are safely distant from Israel, blasted the proceedings. The toughest move, ironically, came from moderate Morocco, which severed its diplomatic ties to Israel on Oct. 23.

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