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A Palestinian official demanded a map of Israel's borders on Wednesday in response to a US State Department statement urging the Palestinians to
extend a counter-proposal to Israel's demand that they recognize it as a Jewish state.
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The State Department Tuesday urged the sides to come to a compromise and called for Palestinians to make clear what would be acceptable to them in lieu of a declaration that Israel is a Jewish state.
"We officially demand that the US administration and the Israeli government provide a map of the borders of the State of Israel which they want us to recognize," Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the Palestinian negotiation team, said Wednesday.
"We want to know whether this (Israeli) state includes our lands and
houses in the West Bank and east Jerusalem," Abed Rabbo said.
"If this map is based on the 1967 borders and provides for the end of
the Israeli occupation over all Palestinian lands... then we recognize
Israel by whatever name it applies to itself in accordance with
international law," Abed Rabbo explained.
The peace talks have been stalled since September 26 when Israel's
10-month West Bank building freeze expired. The Palestinians said they
would not continue with the direct talks if the freeze is not extended.