Israel rejects Arab peace plan

Israeli officials have refused to accept the revived Arab peace initiative as it stands, saying more negotiations are needed.

Israel rejects Arab peace plan

ShimonPeres, the Israeli deputy prime minister, told Israeli radio on Thursday:"There is only one way to overcome our differences, and that isnegotiation."

"It'simpossible to say: 'you must take what we offer you as is.'"

The plan,endorsed at the Arab League summit on Wednesday, offers Israel fulldiplomatic relations if it withdraws from all land occupied in 1967, allows thecreation of a Palestinian state and the return of Palestinian refugees.

Arabstates called on "the government of Israel and all Israelis to accept theArab peace initiative and seize the opportunity to resume the process of directand serious negotiations on all tracks."

Talksneeded 

Israeliofficials said negotiations were needed as parts of the initiative, notably onthe refugees, were unacceptable to them.

"Thereis no alternative to negotiations," Peres said.

"Witha diktat neither the Palestinians, nor the Arabs nor us will achieve asolution."

The ArabLeague summit in the Saudi capital Riyadh ends on Thursday with Arab leadersreiterating their commitment to the 2002 initiative.

PrinceSaud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, said in an interview with a Britishnewspaper that Israel should not expect any further diplomatic overtures.

"IfIsrael refuses [the plan], that means it doesn't want peace and it placeseverything back in the hands of fate.

"Theywill be putting their future not in the hands of the peacemakers but in thehands of the lords of war."

Violencecontinues

Israelitroops shot dead a teenager and wounded two other Palestinians in the occupiedWest Bank on Thursday, local residents said.

The16-year-old was shot after he threw stones at the Israeli soldiers near thetown of Jenin, the residents said.

AnIsraeli army spokeswoman in Tel Aviv said soldiers on patrol in the area hadcome under fire and shot an armed man who had been standing on the roof of ahouse.

In aseparate raid, Israeli forces detained an Islamic Jihad militant in the WestBank city of Nablus, residents and the army said.

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