Prominent Israelis, including the former heads of the countries internal and external intelligence services, scholars, businessmen and the son and daughter of PM Yitzhak Rabin, have put forward a new initiative for peace with the Arab world. It is billed as a response the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, a very important plan put forward by the Arab League in 2002, which was never seized upon by an Israeli government.
I will be writing for my Thursday column about why this plan is so important, at a time when the peace process has virtually died: President Obama is taken up with domestic problems and the Arab revolts, and can't make up his mind whether to put forward a new U.S. peace proposal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has put forward no viable ideas on negotiations; the Palestinians are preparing to ask the U.N. General Assembly in September to recognize a state on the 1967 borders, a move which would probably receive overwhelming approval. And the many Arab revolutions are bound to put more pressure on Israel to move on the Palestinian issue.
For those who are interested in knowing more about the Israeli plan, the text is is here.
And you should also read the text of the Arab Peace Initiative here.
Let's hope that this sensible initiative by private Israelis galvanizes the politicians on all sides to move.