Thursday, October 23, 2008

ISRAEL 'OPEN' TO ARAB PEACE PLAN

Al Jazeera - Israel's president has said that his country is open to an Arab peace plan aimed at bringing an end to hostilities with Arab nations, after holding talks with Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president. Shimon Peres said that the Jewish state would not rule out negotiations with Arab countries on the basis of the Saudi–brokered plan. "We accept the Arab peace initiative in order to bring peace to the entire region," Peres said in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, after talks with Mubarak. He said that while he doesn't accept all of the Saudi plan and it "needs to be negotiated" further, its spirit is "correct."

"Over the past century there hasn't been any period where reaching peace was more possible than now. It would be a mistake to miss it," Peres said. . . Under the terms of the Saudi plan, Israel would get Arab recognition in return for withdrawing from occupied Arab lands.

Israel's apparent openness to the Arab plan is in contrast to it's rejection of the Saudi project when it was unveiled in the Lebanese capital Beirut in March 2002.

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