Israel’s prime minister is giving a cool reception to a renewed peace offer from the Arab world.
In a parliamentary debate on the Arab peace initiative Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made scant mention of the plan and gave little indication that is willing to embrace it.
The peace plan offers Israel normalized relations with the Arab world in exchange for a pullout from territories captured in the 1967 Mideast war to make way for a Palestinian state. Arab leaders recently sweetened the plan to allow for “land swaps” that would enable Israel to retain some captured land.
Netanyahu said Israel is willing to discuss initiatives that are “offers, not dictates.” He also made no mention of Israel’s pre-1967 lines and said negotiations should begin without any preconditions.