The Spanish Prime Minister has announced a new Middle East peace initiative he will co-sponsor with France and Italy. After meeting with the French President for an annual summit, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the plan had a number of components:
The first is an immediate ceasefire. The second, the formation of a Palestinian national unity government, that could gain international recognition, and the third, an exchange of prisoners, including a kidnapped Israeli soldier and Palestinian MPs.
“There could be an international observors’ mission in Gaza to consolidate the cease-fire. In the mid-term, it will be necessary to convene a Middle East peace conference involving all the interested parties,” Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said.