*What the Arabs propose, and what they do not*
Monday, April 9, 2007
The Arab peace initiative has been widely misunderstood, and
occasionally even deliberately misconstrued.
The initiative is not a road map providing a step-by-step approach to an
agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, nor does it demand of
Israel prior acceptance of certain Arab or Palestinian conditions.
It does not provide a framework for peace negotiations other than what
is already specified in the road map that Israel claims it fully
supports: Israel's return to the pre-1967 armistice line as the basis
for negotiations for alterations, if any, to that line; the location of
a capital of a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem; and a resolution of
the Palestinian refugee problem.