The need to preempt Iran and export gas to Egypt was the reason the government gave to push through its controversial plan for Israel's natural gas. Now, this reason may no longer exist.03:48 31.08.15 | 0 comments
"Saudi Arabia criticized Israel yesterday for setting preconditions for Middle East peace talks and urged it to accept an Arab initiative proposed in 2002 and discuss details later. "We only hear of conditions from Israel about everything, but no acceptance. You cannot have negotiations like that. You accept the proposals, then you talk about this," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said at a news conference with visiting European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana. "This seems a ludicrous way of doing business."" - Haaretz (March 15th) This was the Saudi response to Israel demanding that the refugee issue be taken out of the Saudi Plan. They said: Take the offer and let us negotiate what you want. In other words, the Saudi plan is the Arab opening bid and Israel can come in with its own desires. Israel should grab the opportunity, take the offer, and dump the Roadmap roadblock. The Saudi plan does not require that Israel negotiate with the entire Arab world. It should negotiate separately with Syria and with Abbas. The Arab states will not complain when both the Palestinians and Syrians approve their respective deals. Why should they?