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April 09, 2007


Actually, Olmert said that he is willing to discuss the plan with the Arab League. That's not rejection, that's taking them up on the dialogue.

Still, I think this misses the point. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, the UAE, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Oman, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq and the rest of the Arab states except Syria and the PNA have no territorial dispute or claims to Israel. As such, there is no good reason for them to withhold recognition.

I certainly oppose the foreign policies of several governments, but I would not think of demanding that the U.S. withdraw recognition simply because of a dispute with another country.

Still, the plan is progress. It's progress from the "three no's" of Khartoum. And so it's exciting to see the Arab League offer it, and exciting to see Olmert invite the Arab leaders to Jerusalem to discuss it. Let's see if the Arab leaders are sincere in their desire for peace and arrange to visit Jerusalem soon, or if this was just political posturing.

Thanks for that. I always feel like I'm in a twilight zone of deja-vu when Israel demands that the Palestinians recognize it. First of all, didn't Arafat recognize Israel way back in the late 80s or early 90s? Personally, I think the Palestinians/Arabs need another intelligent voice of reason to make their case on the world stage. Where did Hanan Ashrawi go?

Hey, Leila at 6:51 pm - welcome! Another Leila, not just the Dove commenting to herself!

Glad to see you, Leila, and come back soon.

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