Tuesday, May 12, 2009
An Ambitious Plan For Middle East Peace
The Obama administration's plan for peace in the Middle East expands beyond the borders of Israel and the Palestinian territories and calls for the recognition by the Arab world of the state of Israel.
But failure of this plan to work could result in war in the Middle East.
That preview - and assessment - comes from Jordan's King Abdullah in an interview with the Times of London.
Abdullah, who is helping to put the proposal together, says it's imperative that this plan, which would also set Israel's borders with Syria and Lebanon, work, in order to avert all out war in the Middle East.
Obviously, this proposal is a marked and ambitious departure from anything previous administrations attempted to broker. The key component for the Israelis is the recognition - finally - by the Arab nations of the state of Israel. An acknowledgment that Israel has the right to exist.
But in return, Israel may be called upon to give up even more land - the Golan Heights - for example. And the biggest issue may still be the Palestinians. Which Palestinian entity does one call upon to recognize Israel? And if one does, and the other doesn't, how does that stop the immediate conflict that has claimed so many lives on both sides?
Hand in glove with this is that Israel's new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is, thus far, not embracing a two-state solution with the Palestinians.
Still, it's time for the Arab nations to grow up and acknowledge Israel's right to exist. That would be a huge step toward a regional solution to the problem. And if King Abdullah is right, it would avert a bigger catastrophe than the one in the Middle East today.
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