'Abbas agrees to Israel controlling Western Wall in future'

July 3, 2010 15:30

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has agreed in principal to Israel maintaining control over the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem as part of a future peace agreement with Israel, but demands that Palestinians be given sovereignty over east Jerusalem and the rest of the Old City. This according to a report in London-based Arab newspaper <i>Al Hayat</i>.

The report also stated that Abbas was willing to carry out a land swap for 2.3 percent of the West Bank to allow Israel to maintain some of the settlement blocks, in exchange for territory south of Hebron.There was no official confirmation for the report.

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