#54, Jeff Northridge - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Cipora Julianna Kohn
    • 27.03.07 | 21:28 (IST)

    It is implied that negotiations with the PA would be based on the Saudi plan. The problem is that the plan, as is, cannot be accepted by Israel. Since the Arabs have stated that the plan must be accepted as is before negotiations, they have painted themselves and Israel into a corner once again. Recognition is offered together with permanent peace, and that would be wonderful, but Israel would first have to commit national suicide before achieving peace. If the plan had said that its components are goals, then there would be room for negotiations. I suspect that given the decades' old vitriole against Israel, coupled with the feeling in many Arab capitals that Israel is not an equal, sovereign state, the plan was naturally presented as a take it or leave it instrument rather than an instrument for negotiations. Just imagine if some country tried to present, let's say, Switzerland, with such a plan. Unimaginable. Jeff, thanks for your support. Cipora

    from the article: What Olmert could say
    First published 00:00 27.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 27.03.07
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