30 Apr '13, 1pm

Arab League seems to soften Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arab states appeared to soften their 2002 peace plan on Monday when a top Qatari official said Israel and the Palestinians could trade land rather than conform exactly to their 1967 borders. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatar's prime minister and foreign minister, made the comment after he and a group of Arab officials met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss how to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace. Speaking on behalf of an Arab League delegation, Sheikh Hamad appeared to make a concession to Israel by explicitly raising the possibility of land swaps, although it has long been assumed that these would be part of any peace agreement. "This news is very positive," Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni told Army Radio on Tuesday. "In the tumultuous world around ... it could allow the Palestinians to enter the room and make the needed compr...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/arab-league-seems-soften-israeli...

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