Israeli Media to Advertise Saudi Peace Plan

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JERUSALEM, Jordan - Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi is coordinating the publication of an advertisement in Israeli newspapers promoting a Saudi peace initiative.

Tibi is working on the ad campaign with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who hopes the effort will help convince Israelis to accept the plan. Tibi is translating the original Arabic to Hebrew.

Under the headline, "The Arab Peace Initiative," the ad will be placed in Israel's leading Hebrew-language papers, including Yediot Aharonot, Maariv, Haaretz and Yisrael HaYom.

The Saudi peace plan calls for Israel to retreat to pre-1967 borders by ceding Judea, Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

The initiative also calls on Israel to receive all Palestinians and their descendants who left Israel at the start of the 1948 War of Independence, albeit at the behest of the leadership of attacking Arab countries.

In return for Israeli concessions, Arab League member nations would acknowledge the Jewish state's right to exist in what is left of the country.

Israeli President Shimon Peres, outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have all endorsed the initiative in varying degrees.

During last week's visit to the Saudi-initiative interfaith conference at the United Nations, Livni said she and Abbas "spoke the same language."

Peres too endorsed the plan, envisioning Jerusalem divided between Israel and the Palestinians.

"We would like to see a united, shared Jerusalem, but we would also like to share a united peace. I don't think now is the time to raise the issue," Peres said.

Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post

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