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Ehud Barak: Support US Peace Efforts!

Israel Defense Minister, among the few in the Cabinet who has a sense of reality, emphasized the importance of his nation doing everything in its power to work in a cooperative way with President Obama. He noted American representatives have been working with both Arab and Israelis and “they will present their plan for a regional peace. I believe that Israel must join in on the up-swing.” Of course, Israel must confront certain realities such as demands by Syria for a pull-back to 1967 lines and from Palestinian leaders that 1967 borders must be respected.

The bottom line is Israel must choose from focusing on the present and immediate past or working toward an enduring peace that results in Israel becoming an integral part of the Middle East with full diplomatic and economic equality with all other nations. Yes, Arabs have refused in the past to recognize Israel, but the Arab League has already agreed to grant that recognition in exchange for peace based on 1967 lines.

The people in Ireland worked over a half century in order to secure peace and each side could trot out its anger at lies told by the opposition. But, in the end, rational thinking prevailed and peace was achieved.

Is Israel Finally Facing Reality?

Prime Minister Olmert of Israel as he quietly departs from his position in leadership finally has become the first Israel leader in years to speak the truth about what must be done in order to achieve peace with Arab nations. Israel leaders are seriously considering a Saudi Arabia proposal which entails the abandonment of land Israel took in the 1967 war in exchange for peace. Defense minister Ehud Barak said he had discussed the land-for-peace proposal with Tzipi Livni who will become the new prime minister. Saudi Arabia first made this proposal in 2002 and it was accepted by the 27 member Arab League.

Barak indicated his interest in the proposal by saying, “there is definitely room to introduce a comprehensive Israel plan to counter the Saudi plan that would be the basis for a discussion on overall regional peace.” Most probably a sticking point for an agreement will be Israel desire to maintain control of pieces of the West Bank which currently are home to right wing conservative Israelis.