Report: Israeli concessions solution to Baghdad violence

Thursday, November 30, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

An American committee studying the situation in Iraq has recommended that in order to improve the situation in the violence-torn country, the United States should pressure Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians and other Arab states.

The committee is headed by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Democratic representative Lee Hamilton.

An expert advising the committee, Raymond Close, expects the report to recommend that Israel be pressured to make concessions to Palestinians and neighboring Arab states, according to a New York Sun report. Close says that the commission is likely to advise the Bush administration to hold a summit, which will include Israel, "to enlist the support of neighboring states in establishing stability in Iraq," the New York Sun reported.

"To have any realistic chance of success, I believe that the process would have to start with the announcement of a major initiative, promoted and vigorously supported by the United States, to reach a comprehensive resolution to the Israel-Arab crisis through a process of reasonable compromise and accommodation between Israel and its Arab neighbors," Close wrote.

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