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.