Archived Blog Post: March 29, 2002

Arabs Back Overture to Israel and Declare Support for Iraq - "Even so, the Arabic version of the initiative contained at least one key religious note. It used a Koranic reference in asking the Israelis to gamble on peace, employing a rare formal Arabic word suggesting that they 'incline' themselves toward peace. The same verb appears in a verse in the Koran that mandates that Arabs make peace if they see that tendency in an enemy. Roughly translated, the verse in the chapter titled 'The Spoils of War' reads, 'If the enemy incline toward peace, do thou also incline toward peace, and trust in Allah.'"

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