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    » 04/02/2007, 00.00

    ISRAEL - MIDDLE EAST

    Olmert opens to dialogue and a peace process with Arab nations



    The Saudi plan to recognising Israel in return for pre 1967 borders is the basis for dialogue. Pressure mounts from Abbas the USA and Egypt to advance the peace process.

    Jerusalem (AsiaNews) –The Israeli Prime Minister says he is prepared to take part in a regional peace conference together with Arab leaders, to discuss the Saudi peace initiative.   Olmert has also confirmed that he will also attend a conference with moderate Arab nations if Saudi Arabia invites the Palestinian leader  Mahmud Abbas.

    Olmert made the declaration during a press conference with visiting German chancellor Angela Merkel, who currently holds the rotating EU presidency.  Abbas has previously  urged Israel to commit itself to direct negations  with the Palestinian Authority.

    The peace plan was revitalized last week during the course of the Arab League summit in Riyadh. First launched 5 years ago, it proposes the recognition of Israel in return for an Israeli withdrawal to within pre 1967 borders, allowing for the birth of a Palestinian state and a “just solution” to the question of refugees.  

    In 2002, when the plan was first put forward, Israel refused it.  In the past few days, Olmert has said that with some corrections the plan could serve as a basis for negotiations.  

    Olmert’s new found openness has been influenced by increased pressure from the US EU and other moderate Arab nations.    The Usa and Egypt have pushed Israel to urgently begin a process of dialogue with a committee of Arab nations to advance the peace process.  

     

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    29/03/2007 MIDDLE EAST
    Arab League re-launches Saudi initiative for peace with Israel
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    09/07/2007 ISRAEL – ARAB LEAGUE
    Arab League delegation visits Israel for the first time
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    02/08/2007 MIDDLE EAST – UNITED STATES
    Abbas meeting last for Rice in her Mideast tour to launch US peace initiative
    US secretary of state offers PNA president US$ 80 million in aid to reform Palestinian security services, but also asks him to deepen dialogue with Israel. She discusses Iran containment and Iraq security with Egypt and Gulf states.

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    19/04/2007 ISRAEL – ARAB LEAGUE
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    Arab League tasks Jordan and Egypt to convince Jewish State to accept its plan. It will ask the UN, US, EU and Russia to back its initiative. Israel confirms its interest in the plan, but rejects any diktat.



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