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(Worthy News)-- While stopping short of fully endorsing the Arab Peace Initiative, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he welcomed the general idea behind it — a regional agreement between Israel and the moderate Arab states, the Times of Israel reported.
The Arab Peace Initiative, originally proposed by Saudi Arabia in 2002, has many problematic aspects to it, the prime minister said, such as its call for an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights and the return of Palestinians refuges to Israel. "There are positive aspects and negative aspects to it," he told Israeli diplomatic correspondents at a rare on-record briefing. "This initiative is 13 years old, and the situation in the Middle East has changed since it was first proposed. But the general idea — to try and reach understandings with leading Arab countries — is a good idea."
In the framework proposed by the initiative, all Arab and Islamic states would establish normal diplomatic relations with Israel after the successful conclusion of the peace process with the Palestinians. --[wp_colorbox_media url="http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-endorses-general-idea-behind-arab-peace-initiative/" type="iframe" hyperlink="Source"]