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Geneva Initiative Position Paper: The Path to Saudi Arabia Passes through Geneva

Geneva Initiative Position Paper: The Path to Saudi Arabia Passes through Geneva
Date: 19.04.07

Interest in the Saudi Initiative which has developed into the Arab League Initiative and which first saw light five years ago is on the increase. The positive reactions, late as they may be, should be praised and welcomed. Nonetheless, it is important to note that while talks with moderate parties in the Arab world could assist in negotiations with the Palestinians and Syria, they cannot serve as a substitute for direct negotiations. On this matter, the Geneva Initiative's position is as follows:

1. Negotiations between Israel and various member states of the Arab League do not serve as a substitute for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Until such an agreement is reached, the main problems facing Israel will not be solved and the Arab League will not establish peaceful relations with Israel.

2. The issues of borders and refugees, which in Israel's view are the two main issues on contention within the Arab Initiative, both receive solutions appropriate for Israel in the Geneva Initiative. The Geneva Accord states that the border between the states of Palestine and Israel will be based on the June 4th, 1967 lines with reciprocal modifications on a 1:1 basis, so that the large settlements near the green line and the Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem will be annexed to Israel. With regards to refugees, the accord does not mention the term "right of return" and instead offers various solutions for the problem which focus on compensation and return to the state of Palestine.

3. The Geneva Accord offers a comprehensive and wide-reaching solution to other problems relating to Israeli concerns and Israel's security situation (such as defining the Palestinian state as a "non-militarized state" and the operation of Israeli "early warning stations" in the West Bank, etc.)

4. The Geneva Accord has been accepted by senior Palestinian officials who currently serve as a part of the Palestinian Authority's leadership and the principles of the accord are acceptable to the majority of the Palestinian and Israeli populations as one.

5. It took the Israeli government five years to acknowledge the great potential which lies within the Saudi Initiative. The Prime Minister is currently talking about peace agreements that will take place another five years down the line. With the Saudi Initiative's outline as a basis, along with the solutions presented in the Geneva Accord for Israeli-Palestinian peace, peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority can be reached in a much shorter timeframe.