"Kerry is believed to be keen to dust off the 11-year-old Arab (or Saudi) peace plan, under which regional states would normalise relations with Israel in return for the establishment of a Palestinian state. And he is likely to ask Turkey to play an active role in any revived process." Guardian
"The 11 year old...."
I used to travel around the Islamic World + Israel with a group of rich westerners who were mostly American Jews. There were also rich Arabs from the Levant, Egypt, the Gulf, etc. We swanned around in the private plane of one of "the guys" and went to talk to various heads of state and government. This group did not bother with too many others. I was there to try to explain what was said and seen. It was a great "gig." We did it once a year for a number of years.
Two years in a row we went to see King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. On both occasions in response to prodding from the group, Abdullah produced some papers from his ormolu encrusted Louis whatsis desk and holding them aloft proclaimed that he had his own peace plan and when the time was right he would proclaim in public the need for all Arab countries to recognize Israel. Alas, he said, the time was not yet right. As part of this "dog and pony show" he would explain the conditions under which he would be free to make his demand for recognition of Israel. There was no variation in the text between the two years in which I heard it explained by him.
Enter Tom Friedman, NY Times genius reporter, Pulitzer winner, etc. on a visit to Saudi Arabia in which he was told by one and all that Israel was a hated and despised colonial and heathen entity. Somehow this simple truth had not been knowable from Manhattan within the walls of fortress New York. Friedman was understandably distraught and in an interview with Abdullah voiced his distress.
The hospitable half beduin king, probably seeking to comfort, found his papers in the ormolu Louis whatsis and told Friedman (of Friedman units fame) of his yearnings. Friedman pressed him for details and then wrote a column for the NY Times that announced these details to the world. The panoply of Zionist allied forces in the media sprang on this indication of hope for ultimate success of "the project." Columns were written, talking heads bloviated, Abdullah was pressed for an indication of what he would do.
His solution to the political problem this created in his country and across Islamdom was to present his "plan" to a long scheduled Arab League meeting in Beirut.
His "plan" was simple.
It provided that when Israel had settled ALL outstanding issues between itself and ALL concerned parties, then the Arab League and members would recognize Israel. The concerned parties would be all the members of the Arab League, the various Palestinian factions and a handful of Islamic organizations.
Having found a meaningless and painless "solution" to its international PR problem, the Arab League voted to adopt the "plan." With that taken care of, the delegates were free to return to partying in the fleshpots of Beirut. One elderly Saudi government type died there that weekend of a Viagra overdose. (Two is not better than one I am told. You have to watch that 4 hour thing.)
There has been little progress in implementing the Abdullah/Arab League "plan." Actually, there has been none at all. I wonder why? (sarcasm)
John Kerry and the squirrels at State and the NSC want to "dust this off?" Are they really this ill informed? pl
(I wrote about this earlier on SST but it is worth repeating)