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Israel Ready to Discuss Arab Peace Plan | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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JERUSALEM, (AP) – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday that Israel was ready to discuss a sweeping Arab plan for Mideast peace, but wouldn’t accept ultimatums.

“I take the offer of full normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab world seriously; and I am ready to discuss the Arab peace initiative in an open and sincere manner,” Olmert said in an op-ed piece published in the British newspaper The Guardian on the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Mideast war.

“But the talks must be a discussion, not an ultimatum,” he added.

The Arab peace deal, first proposed in 2002, and recently revived, offers Israel full recognition in exchange for a withdrawal from all territories it occupied in the war and a “just solution” for Palestinian refugees. Israel has not rejected the idea, but has expressed reservations about a complete withdrawal and resettling Palestinian refugees in Israel.