The London daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Wednesday, that Jordan’s King Abdullah and US President Barack Obama is working behind the scenes to revise the Arab League peace initiative of 2002. The revision also includes the Madrid Quartet Road Map plan for Palestinian statehood. The two «peace makers» wants to present a grand new vision of a final settlement in coming weeks, to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
– Lets divide Jerusalem
King Abdullah visited the White House recently. Back in the Arab World the King has has been meeting with key Arab leaders from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the Palestinian Authority. The new Obama backed plan calls for resolving the two thorniest issues in the conflict by sharing Jerusalem and settling Palestinian refugees in Arab countries or a future Palestinian state, but not in Israel.
The offer will reportedly call for the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and the Old City designated an “international zone.” The report said Obama had requested that the plan outline a «timetable for normalization and the establishment of diplomatic ties between Israel and the Arab world».
Blair: Within six weeks
Meantime, Quartet envoy Tony Blair said Tuesday that the group’s 2002 Road Map plan «is being worked on at the highest level in the American administration, (and) in the rest of the international community, order to table a «new framework» for peace talks within the next five to six weeks».
These developments come as the US State Department has called on Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a move that could strip the nation of its presumed nuclear arsenal.
Source: Al-Quds Al-Arabi
Written by Ivar
First published: 07.05.09.