Second chance at Israeli-Palestinian peace summit includes Arab world
One of the major criticisms of the Israeli-Palestinian 2000 Camp David summit was that it did not include representation from the Arab World, but representatives from Syria and Saudi Arabia have agreed to attend this Tuesday's U.S.-sponsored Middle East peace summit in Annapolis, Maryland.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' delegation and the Israeli delegation lead by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet President Bush and Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice Tuesday for a full day of meetings along with delegations from Syria, Saudi Arabia and other arab states.
Syria finally announced it would attend after the U.S. agreed to put the issue of Golan Heights on the agenda.
Israel captured the Golan from Syria during the 1967 Mideast war. The Arab league has said that if Israel gives up all land taken in the 1967 war and offers a solution for the Palestinians that lost their homes from Israel's creation, then there could be "normalized ties" with Israel and the rest of the Arab world through a sweeping peace proposal.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said that his delegation is open to "land swaps, meaning that if Israel takes parts of the West Bank, then the Palestinian Authority could take parts of Israel for a future state," according to CNN.com.