Barack Obama is to pursue an ambitious peace plan in the Middle East involving the recognition of Israel by the Arab world in exchange for its withdrawal to pre-1967 borders, according to sources close to Americas president-elect.
Obama intends to throw his support behind a 2002 Saudi peace initiative endorsed by the Arab League and backed by Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister and leader of the ruling Kadima party.
The proposal gives Israel an effective veto on the return of Arab refugees expelled in 1948 while requiring it to restore the Golan Heights to Syria and allow the Palestinians to establish a state capital in east Jerusalem..
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Aanvulling op 22 nov.
The Palestinian Authority, in a brilliant display of public relations, ran Hebrew-language ads this week, in Israels four major newspapers, endorsing the Arab Peace Initiative (formerly known as the Saudi plan) and calling on Israelis to support it, too. The Palestinian Authority is also urging President-elect Barack Obama to put his prestige behind the initiative as a critical first step to help end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The British media claims that President-elect Obama has endorsed it, but these reports are false. The British media has always been rather dodgy when it comes to issues relating to the United States. I wish it were true. And I hope Obama does endorse the initiative early in his term. But he hasnt yet. One of the stellar accomplishments of the Obama campaigns Jewish outreach team was its ability to prevent the candidate from taking stands on specific Israeli-Palestinian issuesleaving him with maximum flexibility. That is not why he received almost 80 percent of the Jewish vote. Jewish voters do not cast their votes with the Middle East foremost in their minds. Nonetheless, the campaigns studied ambiguity probably helped deliver some key precincts in battleground states like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Nevada. The campaign is over and governing time approaches…
So where should he [president Obama] start?
He should start by endorsing the Arab Peace Initiativethe best offer the Arabs have ever made to Israel.
Forget what some Israeli officials and Jewish organizational types say about the Arab League plan. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. I say that because every provision in it requires the agreement of both Arabs and Israelis. So what if its language on borders presupposes full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-67 lines? So what if it contemplates the return of more refugees than Israel can handle? Or that it envisions the full return of East Jerusalem to the Palestinians?
None of that matters because the language of the Arab Initiative represents the maximum Arab position, an opening position. The Saudis (and the other Arabs) are not saying take it or leave it. They are saying, lets negotiate...