Barak: Israel ”seriously” considering Saudi peace plan
Israeli leaders are seriously considering a Saudi plan offering a comprehensive peace between Israel and the Arab world in exchange for lands occupied during the 1967 war, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Sunday. According to Barak, it may be time to pursue an overall peace deal for the region since individual negotiations with Syria and the Palestinians have made little progress.
Barak said he has discussed the Saudi plan with Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni, who is in the process of forming a new Israeli government, and that Israel is considering a response.
"There is definitely room to introduce a comprehensive Israeli plan to counter the Saudi plan that would be the basis for a discussion on overall regional peace," Barak told Israel's Army Radio. He noted the "deep, joint interest" with moderate Arab leaders in containing Iran's nuclear ambitions and limiting the influence of the radical Islamic Hezbollah movement in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.