Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi turned to the Palestinian delegation and said, "Don't be angry, brother Abu Mazen, but I think the Palestinians and Israelis are stupid." He said that Israel were wrong to try to hold on to the West Bank in the face of Palestinian attacks and Palestinians were wrong not to have set up their own state after 1948, and reiterated his call for a single state solution, "Israstine," for Israelis and Palestinians. "The solution I think is to have a single state. We cannot have two states," Gadhafi said, who noted that he is now the longest serving Arab leader.
He said that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon must be working for the Palestinians, "because he does things that get dozens and hundreds of Israelis killed" by Palestinians. Gadhafi shocked the Arab leaders by saying, "Terror is identified with Islam." He dismissed the argument that poverty is at the root of violence by Islamists, and put the blame on "oppression, injustice, arrogance, insults, contempt and the humiliation of this [Arab] nation."