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Olmert: I'll do anything for peace

March 22, 2007 at 5:09 PM

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 22 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Israel is ready to make extensive, painful and tough concessions to achieve a dialogue with its enemies.

Olmert told an audience in Tel Aviv Thursday the Saudi Arabian-backed peace plan could provide the basis for negotiations but Israel opposes right-of-return for Palestinian refugees, Voice of America reported.

The Saudi plan is expected to come up next week at the Arab summit in Riyadh. It calls for Arab states to recognize Israel in exchange for an Israeli withdrawal to 1967 borders.

"This government will not miss an opportunity to dialogue with its enemies and will do anything possible ... to push this process forward," Olmert said, Arutz Sheva reported.

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