Had Israel given the proper attention to the Saudi initiative 8 years ago, this wouldn't pose the inherent threat that it's feeling now... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 30.01.11 | 03:07 (IST)

    The antagonism and resentment felt towards Israel among the populations of its Arab neighbors stems almost completely from its occupations and oppression of the Palestinians. Had Israel accepted the initiative, those issues would have been resolved, and the majority of the hostility felt for it would have by now been largely defused and the gates opened for economic, cultural, and social interchange which would have further alleviated any animosity. This in turn would have largely removed the inherent threat of any change of regime, democratically or otherwise, in Israel's neighboring states. There was reason for the criteria set forth in this initiative, and the Arabs insistence they all be met - because ending that antagonism in their populations would also have made their own regimes more stable and less vulnerable to the influence of extremists - although in Egypts case, extremists haven't played a part...yet. Best advice to Israel: take the Saudi intiative before it's retracted, because it's the Arab p-e-o-p-l-e you need to make peace with - NOT their rulers(and Egypt is perfect example of this) - and the way to do that is to remove the barriers that stand between you. What's ironic too, is that it's exactly what Assad has reiterated when talking about peace with Israel - a comprehensive and cooperative peace, including cultural and social exchange - NOT just a piece of paper signed by governments. Wake up Israel!

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    First published 01:55 30.01.11 | Last updated 01:55 30.01.11
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