Israeli leaders have been discussing a comprehensive Saudi peace plan and debating how to respond to it, Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak said today.
Barak told Israel’s Army Radio that with individual negotiations with Syria and the Palestinians making little headway, it may be time to pursue an overall peace deal for the region.
Barak said President Shimon Peres was in agreement and he had spoken about the matter to Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni as well.
The Saudi peace initiative was first proposed in 2002.
It offers pan-Arab recognition of Israel in exchange for Israel’s withdrawal from Arab lands captured in 1967.