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Conditions required for Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace remain constant

As huge historical changes unfold and are yet unfinished in Egypt, the conditions required for Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace remain constant.

The basic requirements for Arab-Israeli-Peace have been defined for decades in U.N. Security Council Resolution 242, adopted unanimously, which has been the accepted basis for every set of Arab-Israeli negotiations. The resolution includes two interdependent principles of Israeli withdrawal from territories occupied in the 1967 war, i.e., withdrawal from the Sinai, the Golan Heights, Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem; and mutual recognition and security for all states in the region. Neither ending occupation for Palestinians nor assuring security for Israelis will be achieved by itself; the two essential objectives must be achieved together in negotiations. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1397, adopted in 2002, demanded the cessation of all violence and affirmed a vision of two states, Israel and Palestine. The United States, in coordination with the Quartet, needs urgently to redouble efforts by indirect and direct negotiaions to achieve this vision.