Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Arab League delegation visits Israel

More good news

By MATTI FRIEDMAN, Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM - The foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan began a historic visit to Israel on Wednesday to formally present an Arab peace plan, saying they were extending "a hand of peace" on behalf of the region.

The ministers arrived as representatives of the Arab League, the first time the 22-member group has sent a delegation to the Jewish state. The Arab League peace plan envisions full recognition of Israel in return for evacuation of lands captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel's President Shimon Peres (C), Jordan's Foreign Minister Abdelelah al-Khatib (L) and Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit meet in Jerusalem July 25, 2007, in this picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO). Egyptian and Jordanian envoys opened the first talks in Israel over a landmark Arab League land-for-peace plan on Wednesday, saying they hoped to create conditions that will lead to a Palestinian state. REUTERS/Amos

This is wonderful news. The dialogue will be a very hard sell. There may be setbacks along the way, but we should all pray for the principals in this dialogue, and pray for the success of these and future talks.

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