Thursday, September 17, 2009

Israeli Jets Flying Over Jordan En Route Iran?

In the Middle East, it really isn't all about Israel's West Bank settlements, as the New York Time reports:

An Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity following diplomatic protocol said the goal was a “package deal” involving confidence-building measures from all involved parties, including moderate Arab states.

In return for an Israeli settlement building freeze, Mr. Mitchell is trying to get Arab nations to offer gestures like reopening Israeli trade offices in several countries and allowing Israeli planes to use their airspace.

Israeli flexibility — on how long a building freeze would last, for example — may depend on what Mr. Mitchell can deliver, officials said.

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