It's not about preconditions, its about suicide - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • john
    • 13.03.07 | 23:57 (IST)

    This back and forth about who's demanding preconditions and who wants peace more than the other is pointless. Logically, the Saudis want a peace deal, if only to save their skins from the fanatics (many of whom the Saudis recklessly spawned). They're hemmed in by the radical demands of decades of propaganda, particularly on the so-called "right of return" issue. It's possible Israel could accept the plan and then the Arabs would negotiate a solution that doesn't involve a return of refugees to Israel proper. But the talkback readers have to understand that once Israel concedes the point, it's toast. If the Saudi's fall tomorrow, Israel has opened a Pandora's box that many others will use to force suicidal terms on it. Progress will require that this issue is finessed. But there's no way any of you should expect the Israelis to concede this principle and then "trust" that the other side will relinquish the implementation in later negotiations. That's asking an awful lot.

    from the article: Arab leaders rule out amending Saudi proposal
    First published 00:00 13.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 13.03.07
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