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Israeli-Libyan Relations Warming Up

A Kuwaiti newspaper claims that as Libya warms up to the Western world and even Israel, Muammar Kaddafi is willing to compensate Libyan Jews whose property was nationalized during the Kaddafi revolution.
First Publish: 1/7/2004, 2:20 PM / Last Update: 1/7/2004, 9:54 AM

A Kuwaiti newspaper claims that as Libya warms up to the Western world and even Israel, Muammar Kaddafi is willing to compensate Libyan Jews whose property was nationalized during the Kaddafi revolution.

The paper, A-Siasa, states that a top Israeli Foreign Ministry official has already met with leading Libyans close to Kaddafi, and that an Israeli delegation - including members of the Mossad Intelligence Agency - will set out soon for Tripoli for top-level talks.

The paper quotes a European diplomatic source as saying that Israelis and Libyans met in Vienna this past Friday, in the presence of an American diplomat. It was decided there that by the end of the month, an Israeli delegation would set off for Tripoli for talks leading to a cessation of the hostile relations between the two countries and the institution of normalized relations.

The paper states that this was not the first time Israelis and Libyans have met in the recent past. Previous meetings took place this year in Geneva and London, with Qatari mediation.

Arutz-7's Ruti Avraham notes that Arab internet sites report that Kaddafi declared that all Libyans could travel freely throughout the world, including Israel. He further said that Libya would be willing to compensate Jews who lost their property during the course of the socialist revolution that he led in 1969.

Israel's "Walla" internet site reports that this past August, two left-wing Israeli MKs - Ephraim Sneh (Labor) and Ilan Shalgi (Shinui) - participated in an academic conference in Europe, at which Kaddafi's son spoke. The younger Kaddafi, who is considered to have a more modern outlook than his father, proposed a new solution to the Middle East problem: the establishment of one new state to be called Isratine. Some sources attribute this idea to his father.

Commenting on the reports, Foreign Ministry officials said: "No comment."