March 30, 2007


Arab proposal is 'revolutionary change', says Israel (Staff and agencies, March 30, 2007, Guardian Unlimited)

Israel's prime minister, Ehud Olmert, today welcomed a land-for-peace deal offered by Arab states as a "revolutionary change", but warned that his country remained deeply sceptical about aspects of the plan.

Members of the Arab League meeting in Saudi Arabia agreed yesterday to a unified proposal offering Israel recognition and security in exchange for a return to 1967 borders and a "just solution" to the issue of Palestinian refugees.

This plan shows Arab states now realise they "may have been wrong to think that Israel is the world's greatest problem", Mr Olmert told the Haaretz daily in one of a round of newspaper interviews. As such, it was a "revolutionary change in outlook", he remarked.

He told another paper, Yediot Ahronot, that there was now "a real chance that within five years Israel will be able to reach a comprehensive peace deal with its enemies."

Mr Olmert added: "Things are happening that haven't happened in the past, and they're ripening. We have to know how to take advantage of this opportunity."

Israel needs out and they'll take the best bad deal they can get to achieve that end. Sadly, Ariel Sharon fell before he could impose a good one.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 30, 2007 6:40 AM
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