Kissinger: Sharon Could Make "Astonishing" Concessions

(Ha'aretz) Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told Israel Radio on Wednesday: "There are ways to get out of the deadlock, and I am actually quite optimistic." "Some positions will have to be changed, especially on the Arab side, about the survival of Israel, but I think that we are at a phase where progress will be made." "Arafat knows what he has to do. He doesn't need to be talked to. He's known for 10 years what he should do in order to have peace, and he hasn't wanted it." "The way to a breakthrough is that the moderate Arabs convince the Palestinians, or assist the Palestinians, in defeating the terrorists." "Whatever the tactical stiffness of Israel is, on the big issues it has made astonishing concessions every time there was an opportunity for peace. They did it under Rabin, they did it under Barak, and they would do it under Sharon, or anyone else."

2003-11-05 00:00:00

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