Lebanon Newspaper Urges Israel Action

In a conciliatory editorial appearing in the Lebanon Daily Star, the editor urged Israel to take advantage of an opportunity for peace by taking some small steps to assure Arab public opinion of its good will. He mentioned ceasing any further West Bank settlements, and easing restrictions on travel as well as dismantling check points.

Israel is at a crossroads. Several Arab nations are prepared to enter into peace negotiations and end their state of war. A dramatic move by Israel could have rippling impact throughout the region. For example, creating joint Israel-Palestinian police units to supervise West Bank areas Or, eliminating check points in a phased manner. If ending check points in area “A” works then it will be extended to area “B.” Israel might release several key Palestinian leaders currently being held in prison if they agree to certain requirements to avoid formenting violence. Israel must do something.