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Justice Minister Meir Sheetrit urged Wednesday that Israel engage Saudi Arabia in peace talks based on the terms of the 2002 Saudi peace plan, which includes the full recognition of Israel by the Arab states in exchange for Israel's return to the pre-1967 borders.
According to Sheetrit, Israel should "accept the initiative of the moderate states, of the Saudis, and to propose to them 'Come, let's talk about the initiative.'"
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In an interview on Israel Radio, Sheetrit said he had suggested the initiative to former prime minister Ariel Sharon when the Saudi plan was first proposed, and later to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
"That is the right thing to do today, to re-set the international agenda, to bring in the moderate Arab states," he said.
Sheetrit emphasized that "if we are talking about a full peace, we want a full peace. We don't necessarily have to accept every detail and initiative on a withdrawal to the 1967 lines. We'll have to talk about this - but let's talk."
The justice minister also invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to take part in the negotiations.
"Abbas could be invited to this discussion, to have a concrete discussion and finally, once and for all, to finish the matter one way or another. In other words, if you want peace - we welcome you, we are prepared to make far-reaching concessions and to fix the permanent borders of the State of Israel."