Egyptian ambassador urges Israel to adopt peace plan

Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Hazem Khairat said on Thursday that the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the only one that can work.

Speaking at the Herzliya Conference, Khairat acknowledged that there are many other ongoing problems in the Middle East, but said that the Palestinian issue cannot wait.

Egypt will continue to work towards bringing to pass the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, Khairat said, but it is up to the Israelis and the Palestinian Authority to implement it.

“The two-state solution is the only one for ending the conflict,” he said. “There is not much time left and there are no alternatives. The lack of hope undermines regional and international stability, as well as encouraging radical organizations that spread death and hate.”

The Arab Peace Initiative recently returned to public attention when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last month at a press conference for Avigdor Liberman’s signing on as defense minister that he saw “positive elements” in the Arab Peace Initiative that could “help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians.”

But Netanyahu later vowed that the initiative would never form the basis of peace talks, saying that he would never accept the terms of the proposal.

Last month, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi praised “true and lasting peace” between Egypt and Israel, saying that the signing of a peace accord between the two countries more than 40 years ago “wrote a bright chapter in the region’s history.”