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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Omert willing to talk to Arab states about Arab peace initiative

Israeli PM Olmert is Willing to have dialog with any bloc of Arab states. That is a good response to the Arab peace initiative, which in reality seems to call for Israel to first make concessions to the confrontation states, and then wait on the good will of Arab states to get peace: "Land for promises."
According to the Haaretz article:
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who met with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday, told his cabinet he was "willing to hold a dialog with any grouping of Arab states about their ideas," an apparent nod towards the Saudi peace initiative.
Possible overture

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa and representatives of the 11 Arab member states will meet on Wednesday to move the peace initiative forward. The plan was reaffirmed at the Riyadh summit last month.
On Saturday, government sources said Israel was waiting for the official appointment of the Arab League committee this week. "If its goal is to further the Saudi initiative, then from our point of view, it is possible to engage in dialogue with it," one source said.
American officials, including U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dick Jones, have said recently that the expected dialogue between the Arab League and Israel would be a move of historic significance.
After the special committee is established, the Arab League will seek to engage in talks with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, the Quartet and other international organizations, in order to further the initiative.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was to meet Sunday evening on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea with her Jordanian counterpart, Abdelelah Al-Khatib. The two will discuss the appointment of the committee, which will include Jordan and Palestinians who maintain relations with Israel.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit discussed the matter in a phone call to Livni before the Passover holiday, which ended last week.
But what if the bloc of Arab states consists of Lebanon and Syria?
Ami Isseroff

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