The only basis for talks must be UN Security Council Resolution 242, and an accommodation of peaceful coexistence between Arab and Jew, between the Muslim-Arab world and the nation-state of the Jewish people, Israel, must be by... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jehudah Ben-Israel Qatzrin, Israel
    • 13.08.10 | 06:46 (IDT)

    ...applying 242, as is, now. While 242 calls upon Israel to withdraw its armed forces to "secure and recognized boundaries", not to the 1949 armistice (green) line, it does so based on the assumption that the sides will negotiate that withdrawal. Also, 242 does not call for the setting of an additional state in the region, nor does it mention concepts such as "Palestine", "Palestinians" or a "Palestinian state". 242 was passed unanimously at the UNSC and has been accepted by all relevant parties to the Arab Israeli conflict. And, 242 has been the basis of ALL peace talks to date and the basis for agreements already signed between Israel and Egypt, and Israel and Jordan. Attempting to re-invent the weal is not only not useful, it is distractive to ever bringing about an accommodation of peaceful coexistence between Arab and Jew, between the Muslim-Arab world and the nation-state of the Jewish people, Israel.

    from the article: EU: Abbas close to accepting direct Mideast peace talks
    First published 04:50 13.08.10 | Last updated 04:50 13.08.10
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