Israel ready to train Arab doctors in peace bid

Thursday, November 20, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff  

A leading French Jewish doctor has proposed an initiative under the auspices of the Union for the Mediterranean that would see Arab doctors from around the Middle East train in Israel.

Doctor Arnold Munnich, who is an advisor to and close friend of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, revealed his plan to The Jerusalem Post while visiting Israel this week to lecture at a conference on genetics at the Rabin Medical Center.

Munnich said he already has the support of top Israeli teaching hospitals, and that officials from several Arab countries have expressed interest.

Sarkozy formed the Union for the Mediterranean shortly after taking office last year in an effort to bring Israel and its Arab neighbors together to accomplish shared interests.

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