by Leo Rennert
In its April 5 edition, the New York Times carries an exclusive article by Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner about a new initiate for peace with the Arab world that's being promoted by a group of prominent Israelis, including former heads of Mossad, Shin Bet and the military ("Prominent Israelis Will Propose a Peace Plan" page A6).
The plan's sponsors -- mainly centrist and left-wing figures -- slipped an advance copy to the Times, which in turn spreads it over four columns to tout its presumed importance.But is there anything really "new" in this plan? According to Bronner, it envisages a two-state solution, with a Palestinian state in all of Gaza, most of the West Bank, and Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Israel would retain up to 7 percent of the West Bank -- with compensating land swaps -- so as to absorb major population blocs like Maale Adumim and Gush Etzion. The Palestinians would have to abandon their absolute claims to a "right of return" for millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants. Israel also would retain the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City.
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