Barack Obama links Israel peace plan to 1967 borders deal (The Sunday Times)

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 America’s 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..

Barack Obama links Israel peace plan to 1967 borders deal (Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv and Sarah Baxter in Timesonline.co.uk)

Opmerking Klinkt dit te goed om waar te kunnen zijn?

Aanvulling op 22 nov.

The Palestinian Authority, in a brilliant display of public relations, ran Hebrew-language ads this week, in Israel’s 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 hasn’t yet. One of the stellar accomplishments of the Obama campaign’s Jewish outreach team was its ability to prevent the candidate from taking stands on specific Israeli-Palestinian issues—leaving 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 campaign’s 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 Initiative—the 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, “let’s negotiate.”..

What Obama Needs to Do First (MJ Rosenberg in Israel Policy Forum/IPF)

Hoe zal president Obama’s Midden-Oosten beleid zijn? (2)

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2 thoughts on “Barack Obama links Israel peace plan to 1967 borders deal (The Sunday Times)

  1. Zes jaar geleden heeft ISRAEL het Arabische vredesplan getorpedeerd omdat het niet bereid was vrede te sluiten met IRAK en IRAN. Saoedie-Arabie moest worden opgenomen in de club van ‘vrienden’, zodat samen met Israel de strijd tegen DE VIJAND kon worden voortgezet.
    Nu de principeman SADDAM HUSSEIN van het politieke toneel verdwenen is probeert men met alle geweld IRAN tot DE EEUWIGE VIJAND uit te roepen. Hetgeen betekent dat men eist dat de Arabische landen breken met Iran. Dus ook (en met name) SYRIE. Uitroepen als ‘We dulden geen Iraniers op de Golan hoogvlakte’ duiden er op dat OBAMA’s voornemen om in het kader van een vredesregeling een dialoog aan te gaan met IRAN niet erg serieus worden genomen.
    Als kleine kinderen demoniseren de hardliners in Iran en Israel elkaar nu. Hetgeen betekent dat OBAMA een volwassen stap zal moeten durven zetten.
    In IRAN wezen hervormingsgezinde politici daar in het verleden ook op:
    "Khatami to U.S.: Let’s talk directly without preconditions
    TEHRAN (Christian Science Monitor – december 2007)- Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi are among several key Iranian public figures saying that only direct, unconditional talks with the U.S. can ease spiraling tensions.
    Mr. Khatami – the reformist cleric who was twice elected in landslide victories – and Ms. Ebadi – a human rights lawyer who just launched a National Peace Council – are suggesting that hard-liners in the U.S. and Iran should no longer dictate the terms of division. One Iranian analyst says: It’s time to call the bluff on both sides – and talk.
    ""The solution is for both sides to resort to logic, refrain from provocative rhetoric, and put the emphasis on negotiations,"" Khatami told the Monitor. ""We have no choice but to overcome misunderstandings that mostly stem from the meddling of the U.S. (in the Middle East) and its wrong policies in Iran,"" said Khatami. ""We can find common interests in the region and the world. And we can also avoid actions that would be damaging to both sides.""

  2. Ik sluit me aan bij een van de kommentatoren van het oorspronkelijke artikel: Ik heb het duistere vrmoeden dat Israel niet geinteresseerd is het vredesaanbod te aanvaarden.
    Israel’s argument dat zij veilige grenzen willen, kan ik niet rijmen met genoemd voorstel.

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