Kissinger: Arab Countries Face Too Much Turmoil to offer Israel Guarantees for Normalization

The Jerusalem Post reports: Regional turmoil makes it impossible to use the regional 2002 Arab Peace Plan to help end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger told the 2016 Herzliya conference on Wednesday night.

“A number of state are not in a position right now to undertake any regional peace initiative,” Kissinger said.

He was interviewed by Israeli journalist and author Ari Shavit, and spoke via a video hookup from the United States.

Shavit raised the idea of the 2002 Arab Peace Plan, based on the Saudi Initiative, which offered Israel normalized ties with its neighbors in exchange for a withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines, and a solution for Palestinian refugees.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for a regional process based on a revised version of that plan.

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