Report: Abbas agrees to Israeli control over Western Wall; Agrees to Israeli control over Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Washington on July 6th for a July with President Obama. Netanyahu has been calling for direct talks with Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas, but Abbas has refused saying direct talks would only come after borders of the new state are established.
On the eve of the Netanyahu-Obama meeting, it looks as though Abbas' hard-line stance has softened a bit. He has handed a list of proposals to U.S. special envoy George Mitchell that will take the talks from proximity to direct talks. Here is an outline of the main points as reported by Haaretz.com:
Abbas is said to have proposed the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, but with a land swap encompassing 2.3 percent, which would leave larger settlement blocs such as Gush Etzion, Pisgat Ze'ev and Modi'in Ilit in Israel's hands, along with a swathe of land overlooking Ben-Gurion International Airport.
In return, the Palestinians would get land bordering the southern West Bank in addition to land for a passageway between the West Bank and Gaza.
The report also said Abbas presented a softened stance on East Jerusalem, which would become the future capital of the Palestinian state. Abbas reportedly proposed that Israel would retain control over the Old City's Jewish Quarter and Western Wall, while the rest of East Jerusalem would be open to worshippers of all religions (Haaretz.com).
Netanyahu has made no comment regarding the report, but you can bet he will be under a tremendous amount of pressure form Obama to accept the proposal.
Abbas has also stated he wants more US involvement with an imposed settlement established if this round of talks fail.
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