The Saudi Initiative - Normal Relations for 1967 Borders

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In setting out a broad proposal for a comprehensive solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah effectively resuscitated long-moribund hopes for a return to Middle East diplomacy.

The plan, first made public in a February interview with the New York Times, proposes that the Arab world would fully recognize and normalize relations with Israel in exchange for a withdrawal to the borders that existed before the 1967 Six Day war, when Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria.

The plan rapidly garnered wide support in the Arab world, and has won guarded praise from traditional Mideast mediator Washington. Israel, meanwhile, has generally welcomed the Saudi initiative, but rightists have ruled out any concession on the stipulation that the Jewish state return to its pre-war borders.

Palestinian and Lebanese figures have also voiced reservations, noting that the Saudi incentive fails to address the plight of large numbers of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and elsewhere in the world.

The Beirut Declaration - The Arab Peace Initiative

Draft text of the Saudi initiative

Egypt, Saudi, Syria seek joint approach to peace process (12/05/02)

Government unimpressed by the latest version of Saudi peace proposal (20/04/02)

Labor embraces promise of Saudi peace plan (02/04/2002)

Arab League adopts Saudi peace initiative (29/03/2002)

Sharon tells cabinet: Saudi plan threatens Israel's security (04/03/02)

Background:

Handling the Saudi plan with care (01/03/02)

Katsav goes out on limb to stump for Saudi plan (27/02/02)

U.S. looking to promote Saudi peace initiative (24/02/02)

Interest in Saudi peace initiative grows, gets U.S., Egyptian backing (21/02/02)

Analysis:

Two Abdullah plans, one solution (09/05/02)

They didn't quite meet eye-to-eye (28/04/02)

Abdullah meets Bush from a position of strength(25/04/02)

Good morning, Abdullah (27/03/02)

Katsav goes out on limb to stump for Saudi plan (25/03/02)

Handling the Saudi plan with care (25/03/02)

Nice idea but not a plan (27/02/02)

Abdullah's proposal takes everyone by surprise (26/02/02)

The Saudi initiative waits for an American initiative (26/02/02)

Opinion:

Editorial / A positive message from Sharm el Sheikh (13/05/02)

The warped Saudi initiative (07/04/02)

An offer we must not reject (04/04/02)

Editorial / An important Saudi initiative (26/02/02)

The Saudi gauntlet should be picked up (26/02/02)

Pay attention to Saudi Arabia (19/02/02)

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