March 8, 2007
Saudis breathe new life into diplomacy
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Therefore, in secret back-channel talks with an unofficial Israeli delegation, Hamas is proposing an alternative to the Saudi plan: a five-year cease-fire that would follow an Israeli withdrawal from most of the West Bank and the dismantling of all roadblocks. In return, the Palestinians would guarantee a cease-fire against Israelis "anywhere in the world."
None of this is a done deal. But after a long diplomatic drought, a number of interesting and thoughtful proposals are now on the table.
Leslie Susser is diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Report
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