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WAR: Jordan Proposes New Israel Peace Strategy

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posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 04:15 PM
The king of Jordan, Abdullah II, has put forth a new peace proposal for relations with Israel. The new plan drops Arab demands that Israel relinquish control of lands seized in the 1967 war. In addition it would normalize relations with Arab countries and Israel. As it stands, it does not seem to have enough support to be adopted at the Arab League summit being held this Monday in Algeria.
ALGIERS, Algeria - King Abdullah II of Jordan has proposed a new peace strategy that drops traditional Arab demands that Israel give up all land seized in the 1967 war and offers the Jewish state normalized relations with Arab countries, according to a text of the proposal seen Friday by The Associated Press.

The proposal did not appear to have enough support to be adopted at an Arab League summit starting Monday in the Algerian capital. But even placing such a far-reaching change in strategy on the agenda would have been unthinkable in past league gatherings, suggesting new thinking in the peace process with Israel.

The Jordanian proposal does not mention specific U.N. resolutions and usual Arab demands for an Israeli withdrawal to pre-1967 borders and for the right of return of refugees, according to a text of about a dozen lines seen by the AP.

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Jordan already has a peace deal with Israel and this may be an attempt to extend that to the whole region. Its a good play IMHO and if they can get Arab league support for the deal, then it stands a good chance of becoming a reality. Such a deal would further reduce Iran's influence in the region as well.


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