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Livni: Moderate Arabs must step up

Tzipi Livni called on moderate Arab states to establish relations with Israel as means to achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace. “I call on Arab and Muslim states, those who condition their relations with Israel on an end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not to wait anymore,” the Israeli foreign minister said Monday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual policy forum in Washington. “Do not wait for peace to come before you normalize relations with us; normalize relations with us and peace will come,” she said.A number of moderate Arab and Muslim states already have relations with Israel, but the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is currently reaching out to nations such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.