Orly Azoulay


Saudis Push Peace Plan at Summit, With Israeli Reporter Present

By Orly Azoulay

The officials of the Saudi information ministry who waited for us in the royal terminal of the international airport in Riyadh had but one duty: to see to it that we received as quickly and easily as possible our entry visas for the summit of the Arab League, which was due to open in a gala ceremony the next day. We were a group of 10 journalists, representing media outlets all over the world. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had picked us up in his plane in the Middle East, en route to Riyadh, for a journey he labeled “a mission for peace.” It was with this goal that he had chosen the journalists he invited to accompany him: representatives of Arab media as well as this writer, representing an Israeli newspaper. This was Ban’s first trip to the Middle East as U.N. secretary general, and he has promised to devote a considerable portion of his time to advancing peace between Israel and the Arab world.Read More






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