The Arab Peace Initiative is an interesting development towards granting
While the latter three points are problematic from
Since then, there were more wars between Israel and her Arab neighbours:
2. 1967 Six Day War of June 1967
3. 1973 Yom Kippur War
4. 1982 Lebanese War
5. 2006 2nd Lebanese War
There were also the two intifadas (Palestinian Uprisings) of 1987 and 2000.
Now there is the possibility of reaching an agreement with the neighbouring Arab states and normalization.
According to Ze’ev Schiff of Ha’aretz, it took the Arab states 40 years to arrive at the decisions that they did in
The attitude in 1967 was well illustrated at the Khartoum Arab Summit of 1st September 1967 “no peace, no talks, no recognition of Israel." The leader was the president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser.
An interesting observation is that
It remains to be seen whether Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will accept the Arab Peace initiative as a starting point to begin negotiations on normalization of relations with
On the Palestinian track, emphasis should be placed on prisoner exchanges and a return home of the kidnapped Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.
On the Lebanese track, serious negotiations should begin with Hezbollah to return the two kidnapped Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. Both sides should climb down from the high branches of the tree to achieve this. While the soldiers remain in captivity,
A serious opportunity for a final peace settlement between