Step-by-Step: Making Aliyah to Israel

Documenting the very personal process of making Aliyah (immigration to Israel) by one very atypical Israeli-American girl. Aliyah on 17, August, 2005. Roadmap: What do you mean there's no roadmap?! Hang on, we're in for a bumpy ride! Ole!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Arab nations recognize threat that EU fails to see

One of my extremely kewl readers, Lisoosh, pointed this out in the comments but it definitely deserves its own post (thank you for pointing this out!)

Saw this on the AP... It is very interesting from the Arab perspective - they realize the threat of Hez, even if the EU and others don't.

"Arab Nations Urge New Israeli Peace Plan
By SALAH NASRAWI (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
August 19, 2006 2:55 PM EDT
CAIRO, Egypt - Worried the Lebanon war has given a boost to Iran and militants in the region, three U.S. allies in the Mideast are spearheading an Arab effort to present a plan for reviving the stalled peace process and talks with Israel.

Details remain sketchy, and already Israel has expressed skepticism, saying it doubts any plan the trio put forward will take its security needs into account. But the effort by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan is a clear sign of their worries about tensions and Iran's influence.

So far, the United States has not talked about a wider peace effort in the wake of the Lebanon fighting, instead focusing on ensuring the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah is reined in.

Leaders of the three moderate Arab governments, however, want to seize the opportunity in the war's ashes to restart negotiations with Israel for peace on the Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese fronts.

They fear letting the situation stagnate could increase the appeal of radical Islamic groups and allow Iran and Syria to keep using Hezbollah in proxy wars, breeding more resentments and more militancy.

Hesham Youseef, top aide to Arab League chief Amr Moussa, told The Associated Press the Arab countries are putting together a peace plan to present to the U.N. Security Council next month because they believe "we should build on the international concerns on what is going on in the whole area."

"Big crises sometimes create opportunities to find comprehensive solutions for difficult problems," he said, noting Arabs and Israelis began the Madrid peace talks just months after the 1991 Persian Gulf war that expelled Saddam Hussein's army from Kuwait.

"The war in 1973 also led to peace," Youseef said, referring to the diplomacy which began after that Arab-Israeli conflict and eventually resulted in the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel."

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