February 14, 2011
Libya’s Gadhafi tells Palestinians to challenge Israel
Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi called on Palestinians to mass on Israel’s borders until their demands are met.
“Fleets of boats should take Palestinians ... and wait by the Palestinian shores until the problem is resolved,” Gaddafi said in a speech Sunday night on state television, his first public remarks since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. “This is a time of popular revolutions.”
“This is not a declaration of war. This is a call for peace,” he added, according to reports.
Israel has rejected a Palestinian right of return, saying that all but a symbolic number of Palestinian refugees should be absorbed in an independent Palestinian state, formed as part of the terms of an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty.
Gadhafi also called Arab states that maintain relations with Israel “cowardly regimes.”