Netanyahu offered vague terms for West Bank withdrawal, former US peace negotiator says

By REUTERS
October 9, 2015 21:32

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United States five years ago that Israel could withdraw from most of the West Bank if his country's security needs were met, former US Middle East peace negotiator Dennis Ross recounts in a book to be published next week.

Prodded by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010 to say what he could do to advance peace talks and citing Israeli security needs, "he said that Israel could withdraw from most of the territory," Ross writes in Doomed to Succeed: the US-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama.

"He did not want to give percentages, but he understood what the Palestinians wanted, and if the Israeli security needs were accepted by us and met, he could be generally responsive," Ross writes.

Ross has advised Republican and Democratic presidents, including Democratic President Barack Obama.


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