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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The women of Tunisia have a decisive role to play in shaping Tunisia's future. Fatma Ben Saïdane reminds women of the power of their vote and the importance of civic engagement.
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