An Israeli Cabinet minister urged Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to attend the upcoming Arab League summit. Housing and Construction Minister Meir Sheetrit said Olmert should fly to Riyadh for the summit at month’s end, where Saudi Arabia is expected to reissue its proposal for a comprehensive Israeli-Arab peace deal.
“I recommend that the prime minister go all the way with the move,” Sheetrit told Israel’s Army Radio. “If I were in his shoes, I would arrange a visit for myself to the Arab League meeting and speak with them openly. As long as no confidence is created between us, there will be no peace.”
Olmert has voiced interest recently in the Saudi proposal in which Israel would quit all territory it captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and accept a “right of return” for Palestinian refugees, receiving recognition from the Arab world in return. But Israel has reservations about several points in the proposal.
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