Saudis Cool to Israeli Overture

[New York Times] Neil MacFarquhar - Israel should not parse the Arab peace plan, the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, said Thursday after a speech by Israel's president, Shimon Peres, during a two-day interfaith dialogue at the UN. Peres addressed King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia from the podium and read extracts that he supported from the peace plan first proposed by the kingdom in 2002. But Prince Saud said later that the proposal was "a package deal." Israel has been reluctant to approve parts of the plan that involve handing back the mostly Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem and allowing the return of Palestinian refugees.

2008-11-14 01:00:00

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