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Options for Jordan, Israel

September 10, 1988

In response to the Jordanian prime minister's letter I would like to state that the Israeli option is in existence and has been for the last 40 years, as stated in Israel's Declaration of Independence: "We extend the hand of peace and good neighborliness to all neighboring states and their peoples . . . The State of Israel is prepared to contribute its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East . . . ."

Every Israeli government has favored a comprehensive settlement and has stated a desire to talk peace with the leaders of its Arab neighbors. Part of the peace framework Israel signed at Camp David states explicitly that it is to serve as the basis for peace treaties with other Arab countries, inter alia with Jordan. Unfortunately King Hussein rejected Jordan's role.

ILAN MOR

Israeli Consul of Press

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Los Angeles

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