Friday, July 31, 2009
NETANYAHU: ARAB INITIATIVE CAN BE BASIS FOR PEACE Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Arab states to negotiate with Israel on the basis of the Arab League's peace initiative, hinting that certain alterations in it would help to advance peace in the region, the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported. "We appreciate the efforts by Arab states to advance the peace initiative," Netanyahu said. "If these proposals are not final, they can create an atmosphere in which a comprehensive peace can be reached." The prime minister added, "we hope in the months ahead to forge peace with the Palestinians and to expand that into a vision of a broader regional peace." Throughout its history, Israel has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to resolving the conflict with all of its neighbors by taking risks for peace.