Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Arab States Offer Relations, Flyovers, Travel

If Israel halts settlements, U.S. official says

Print Email

Here’s another carrot to push Israel toward a settlement freeze: Several Arab states are willing to give Israeli airliners flyover rights, open low-level diplomatic offices in Israel, and end travel restrictions on Israeli cititzens in exchange for halting all settlement construction, according to a report in today’s Washington Times. An unnamed U.S. official told reporter Eli Lake that the offer was conveyed informally to Middle East envoy George Mitchell, although Saudi Arabia has apparently refused to consent to the deal without a viable peace agreement. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting with Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas today at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. And while Netanyahu has agreed to a six-to-nine-month settlement freeze, Lake reports that Israeli officials say that Israel still plans to construct more than 2,500 new housing units in the occupied territories.

EXCLUSIVE: Israel Makes Secret Offer on Settlements [Washington Times]

Print Email
2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Arab States Offer Relations, Flyovers, Travel

If Israel halts settlements, U.S. official says

More on Tablet:

Breaking the Jewish Community’s Silence Around Suicide

By Tova Ross — A nonprofit called Elijah’s Journey tried to raise awareness about suicide and mental illness in a specifically Jewish context