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June 16, 2016 2:34 pm

Egyptian, Jordanian Ambassadors Urge Israel to Adopt Arab Peace Initiative

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Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Hazem Khairat. Photo: Facebook.

Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Hazem Khairat. Photo: Facebook.

JNS.org – The Egyptian and Jordanian ambassadors to Israel, in a rare joint public appearance, urged Israel to accept the Arab Peace Initiative as a way to end the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Egypt still believes that reaching a peace agreement is achievable,” Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Hazem Khairat said in a speech at the Herzilya Conference.

“Israelis and Palestinians should make peace because they must. The two-state solution is the only way to end this conflict. There is not much time left and there is no other alternative,” he added.

Jordan Ambassador to Israel Walid Obeidat reiterated Khairat’s call, saying that the Arab Peace Initiative “stands as the master of all initiatives when we talk about regional approaches.”

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First proposed by Saudi Arabia in 2002, and later adopted by the Arab League, the plan calls for Israel to return to the pre-1967 lines and implement a solution to the Palestinian refugee situation in return for full recognition of Israel by the Arab world.

Over the years, Israel has been tepid in its response to the plan, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — sensing warmer relations with the Arab world — has called for a revised version of the plan as the basis for a regional solution to the conflict.

In recent weeks, Egyptian leaders have expressed a willingness to lead Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Separately, France has engaged in peace efforts, hosting a summit of world leaders in Paris on June 3 with the intention restarting Israeli-Palestinian talks. But the French summit excluded Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

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  • Ellie

    Looks like prophecy will be fulfilled indeed. Israel will make that ‘Pact with Sheol’: Isaiah 28:15-19

  • Correction!
    We, the Hebrew mind are an old culture with a little land, because of loving god. The Arab world Islam started as warriors on horses back who did made taxes life comfortable to men, The Arab Islam world is a comfortable mind is a good reason to trust the Hebrew minds for peace among men。Israel the Hebrew minds need enough land space to breathe for the entire Arab world to prosper into a new future which the Arab world and the Hebrew minds will have the chance and the possibility to reform their minds. Amen! Sees lights! Bismila al rehman al rahim!

  • We, the Hebrew mind are an old culture with a little land, because of loving god. The Arab world Islam started as warriors on horses back who did made taxes life comfortable to men, The Arab Islam world is a comfortable mind is a good reason to trust the Hebrew minds for peace among men。Israel the Hebrew minds need enough land space to breathe for the entire Arab world to prosper into a new future which the Arab world and the Hebrew minds will have the chance and the possibility to reform their minds. Amen! Sees lights! Bismila al rehman al rahim!

  • We, the Hebrew mind are an old culture with a little land, because of loving god. The Arab world Islam started as warriors on horses back who did made taxes life comfortable to men, The Arab Islam world is a comfortable mind is a god reason to trust the Hebrew minds for peace among men。Israel the Hebrew minds need enough land space to breathe for the entire Arab world to prosper into a new future which the Arab world and the Hebrew minds will have the chance and the possibility to reform their minds. Amen! Sees lights! Bismila al rehman al rahim!

  • The Arab world and Israel must look into two very important issues; one is the political business which means land and the other is the historical cultural roots of 5776 years past awareness from both sides, where land and security for all is taken into account historically. We, the Arab world and the Hebrew minds believe in god which is an historical awareness for peace among men.

  • arlene abrams

    I do NOT trust any of the arab countries and know that the more they get the more they will want…until they destroy Israel.

    • B Becker

      You’re right. That’s their declared goal.

  • Yaakov

    The encouragement by these ambassadors is very hopeful. The plan does not need to be revised before the start of negotiations, but its terms should be considered subject to change.

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