Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Low chance of success

by Brig. Gen. Shlomo Brom (ret) from the Institute for National Security Studies, Israel

Saudi Arabia – which helped formulate the Arab peace initiative – has thus far avoided any commitment to participate in the the November meeting/conference. Saudi Arabia shuns any direct, public contact with Israel and leaves that “dirty work” to Egypt and Jordan, states that already have peace treaties with Israel, so Saudi participation in the meeting would constitute a deviation from this policy and show readiness to take a more visible role. Given the difficulties in reaching pre-meeting agreement and the problematic question of the attendees, it is not surprising that both Israel and the United States are now trying to lower expectations.

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