kotel plaza 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
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 Al Hayat.
RELATED:PM calls for direct talks with AbbasMitchell meets Abbas in Ramallah
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.
Chief PA Negotiator Saeb Erekat denied the Al Hayat
report on Saturday evening, according to Israel Radio.
Abbas told US special Middle East envoy George Mitchell on Thursday that
the Palestinians won’t open direct negotiations with Israel unless
progress is first made on the issues of borders and security. He added
that no progress would be made in the peace process unless Israel
recognized the June 4, 1967, lines as the future borders of a
The PA president also said that the resumption of direct negotiations
was contingent on Israel halting its “arbitrary measures” against the
Palestinians, including house demolitions, arrests, closures and
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu criticized the Palestinian
leadership's unwillingness to engage in direct talks in an interview
that aired Friday night on Channel 1.
JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:
"We walk towards peace and they distance themselves from it," said
Netanyahu. "If they can't sit with us, how can we achieve peace?"
The prime minister stated his willingness to discuss the end of the
government's building freeze in Judea and Samaria, set to end in
September, with Abbas. He went as far as to say that he would go to
Ramallah to negotiate with Abbas if the PA chairman would come to
Jerusalem.Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report
Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>