TEL AVIV (Jul. 22)
A West Bank leader. Hebron Mayor Sheikh Ali Jaabari, expressed the view yesterday that chances of peace are now better than ever and noted that if Israelis and Palestinians permitted logic instead of emotions to guide their policies, peace would be achieved more rapidly and with a minimum of violence. The West Bank notable made this comment during a visit to Haifa Mayor Joseph Almogi who is recovering at home after injuring a shoulder following a fall.
Sheikh Jaabari said that in the forthcoming Geneva peace talks Palestinians should be represented by West Bank and Gaza Strip leaders as well as by the Palestine Liberation Organization. He added that Israel has been holding the occupied territories for seven years and should have had enough time to come up with some positive approach to the Palestinian question much earlier.