The Lebanese Islamic Resistance’s (Hezbollah) Arab and International Relations Commission stated that the Israeli delegation’s refusal to attend the summit is an irrefutable proof of its rejection of efforts to reconcile with Tel Aviv.
Kassim Hashem, head of the Lebanese-Algerian Parliamentary Friendship Committee, stressed that the AU’s response to the Israeli delegation is not surprising given that it is an assurance of defending true Arabism, the basis of which is the struggle of the Palestinian people.
The Progressive Socialist Party praised the situation in the region and the leadership of Algeria and South Africa as “an active voice and support for the Palestinian cause in the AU against Israeli aggression”.
The Islamic Unity Movement also recognized that Tel Aviv’s maneuvers to normalize relations with societies, Arab, Islamic or otherwise, would fail and be a waste of time.
During the 36th session of the summit over the weekend, Sharon Bar-Lee, deputy director-general for Africa at the Israeli foreign ministry, was politely but firmly escorted out of the room by security forces.