Israel Rejects Arab Peace Initiative Unless it is Changed

Netanyahu and Abbas might meet in Russia in October for peace talks. (Photo: via Al-Jazeera)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will not accept the Arab Peace Initiative unless changes are made to it, reported Arab48.

Netanyahu’s stance was clear when he stated during a Likud meeting: “If the Arab states understood that they have to change the Arab Peace Initiative based on Israel’s demands, we would find something to speak about.”

Netanyahu stated that he would reject the initiative if changes were not made to it so as to include some positive clauses, including the normalization of relations between Arab nations and Israel, Haaretz reported.

He also said that Israel’s withdrawal to 1967 borders, land swaps and the return of Palestinian refugees, among other pints, were disagreeable, reported MEMO.

The Arab Peace Initiative was proposed by Saudi Arabia in 2002 and adopted by the Arab League in the same year. At the time, Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, rejected it immediately, saying it was born dead.


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