At least the Saudis know how to play the negotiating game - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 15.03.07 | 18:39 (IST)

    In a part of the world where negotiating is a local sport, at least the Saudis are playing the correct game. It is true that "the right of return" is a deal breaker. However, let's look at what the Saudis have done: The Saudis have put it all on the table; Both the bottom line and the full wishes of the major parties involved in this middle east conflict. Their offer requires the full acceptance of Israel by all of the Arab nations. This is has been the penultimate goal of modern Zionism for as long as it has existed. In fits of understandable paranoia, the Israeli people have, at times, claimed that they need more. But really, the '67 borders would have been fine if Israel had been accepted in the region from the get go. The Palestinians need a state. They don't actually need Israel to go away. Again, at times, folks will shout otherwise. But, bottom line is that some land and an assured peace to go with it is required With it all on the table, negotiations may proceed

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    First published 00:00 15.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 15.03.07
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