Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Haaretz Editorial on the Arab Initiative

Another response to the recent Saudi peace initiative:

It's impossible to exaggerate the importance of the Arab initiative and the direct Arab appeal to Israel. A continuation of the initiative accepted in Beirut in 2002 that defines the parameters by which full peace and normalization between Israel and the Arab states will be established - the current process is one of implementation, one that at least makes an active attempt to persuade, rather than just to declare intentions.

For the first time, Arab states are offering their services as mediators, not just with respect to local issues that stem from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead, they have adopted a comprehensive approach that confronts regional interests and is prepared to adopt Israel as part of the solution, not just as part of the problem. This is the same approach that Israel has hoped for since its establishment - and perhaps the time has now come to realize it.


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