Navon on Palestinian Groups

Yitzhak Navon, chairman of the Knesset’s foreign affairs and security committee, said yesterday that Israel must be ready to negotiate with any group of Palestinians that recognizes the Jewish State, pledges to refrain from terrorist acts and accepts Security Council Resolution 242 as the framework for a negotiated peace settlement in the Middle East.

Navon is the only doveish member of the Labor Alignment’s former Rafi faction. He made his remarks in connection with the so-called “Saunders papers,” in which Harold Saunders, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs, recently told a House International Relations subcommittee that the Palestinian question is “the heart of the Mideast problem in many cases.”

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