Report: Obama urged Arabs to alter Saudi peace plan

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

When US President Barack Obama met with Jordan's King Abdullah two weeks ago, he urged the moderate Arab leader to persuade his counterparts around the Middle East to make some changes to the Saudi-authored Arab peace initiative.

That according to a report in the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi on Wednesday.

In the report, Obama is cited as telling Abdullah he wants to make the Saudi plan part of his official Middle East policy, but that there are some elements that need altering to make it acceptable to Israel and the US.

The only two changes specified in the report are the granting of citizenship in the new Palestinian state to so-called "Palestinian refugee" instead of letting them flood Israel, and the transfer of non-Muslim holy sites on the eastern side of Jerusalem to the United Nations instead of the Palestinian Authority.

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