IRAQ EYES PEACE WITH ISRAEL (NEW YORK POST) By URI DAN JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 07/22/03)
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July 22, 2003 -- JERUSALEM - Iraq is ready to talk peace with Israel -
but Israel has to come to terms with the Palestinians first, a
prominent member of Baghdad´s governing council said yesterday.
Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Adnan Pachachi said his country may
drop its decades-old opposition to the existence of the Jewish state
if Israel gives the Palestinians control of 95 percent of the West
Bank and Gaza, Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres said yesterday.
Pachachi, who is being promoted by some U.S. officials as a possible
leader of a caretaker government in Baghdad, told Peres of the new
Iraqi position at a conference in Rome over the weekend.
Even with the departure of Saddam Hussein - who launched Scud
missiles at Israel in the 1991 Gulf War - Iraq´s ties with Israel
Iraqi newspaper articles have claimed that Jews have bought up
property in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities since Saddam´s fall.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said rogue Jewish
settlements will come down, but said that with tough negotiations
ahead, "dealing with [the matter] now will only cause harm."
With Post Wire Services (Copyright 2003 NYP Holdings, Inc. 07/22/03)
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