Special Series: Arab Peace Initiative - 2003
by Gerald Steinberg
by Ambassador Robert H. Pelletreau
The Middle East Road Map makes an intriguing reference, among its cited foundations for a settlement, to “the initiative of Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah – endorsed by the Beirut Arab League Summit – calling for acceptance of Israel as a neighbor living in peace and security, in the context of a comprehensive settlement.” 
by Dr. Murhaf Jouejati
From a Syrian perspective, the Peace Initiative that Crown Prince Abdullah submitted to the Arab league summit in Beirut in March 2002 is the best diplomatic attempt yet to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict peacefully. 
by Hazem Saghiyeh
Rarely has an Arab Summit had such positive implications as the Beirut meeting of March 2002. Compared with the Khartoum summit after the Arab defeat in the 1967 war, which rejected reconciliation, negotiation and recognition of Israel, or with the summit of 1978 in Baghdad that "isolated" Egypt as a reaction to the Camp David treaty, the distance covered by Arab rationality becomes apparent. 
by Tawfiq Abu Bakr
It has been my opinion, for a long time now, that a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict should be sought within an Arab framework, because the achievement of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace is the only way that leads to true stability in the region--even if the peace process has to pass through a series of phases, ebbing and flowing. 
by Hassan A. Barari
By all yardsticks, the Arab Peace Initiative adopted by the Arab League in March 2002 in Beirut is the boldest move ever taken by the Arabs to date. 
by Judith Kipper
President George W. Bush is committed to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will provide recognition and security for Israel and sovereignty for the Palestinians. 
by Ambassador Shimon Shamir
The debate on the question of whether any solution to the protracted conflict between Palestinians and Israelis exists at all has been going on for a very long time. 
by Nizar Abdel-Kader
With US President Bush supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state, hope remains alive that, despite the current stall in the implementation of the Roadmap, the peace process will resume. 
by Sa’ad Eddin Ibrahim
A few weeks have passed since the thirtieth anniversary of the October War (Yom Kippur), and a quarter of a century since the signing of the Camp David peace treaty between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, under the auspices of the American President Jimmy Carter. 
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