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    • Simon
    • 30.01.06 | 20:50 (IST)

    Thing is Jabadini, I'm not saying the Arabs want peace at any price. Clearly they don't, and clearly nobody's suggesting endangering Israel. But this isn't about Israel's defence. Israel is the regional superpower and has the 100% backing of the world superpower. This is about attitude. Israeli politicians often give the impression they think Arabs are dirt and they want nothing to do with them. Israel, for its long term future needs warm relations with it neighbours, not just a cold, hostile peace, like it has with Egypt. And it needs that relationship more than its neighbours do (who already are all part of the Middle Eastern community), so Israel needs to reach out. Start with the Saudi plan. Real acceptance by the Arab world, in return for real concessions (not just cutting its losses like Gaza) by Israel. They might not mean it, but it's got to be worth trying, if the alternative is another 50 years of hostility.

    from the article: Looking back in anger
    First published 00:00 30.01.06 | Last updated 00:00 30.01.06
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