Palestinian Authority Offers 4% Land Concession



By: BEV SPRITZER  
Published: May 21st 2010
in News » Israel

PA President Mahmoud Abbas
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Amidst U.S. mediated proximity talks, Palestinian negotiators have offered to match, if not double, Israel’s original request for territory in the West Bank.

 

During one-on-one talks in 2008, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had offered to former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert 1.9% of West Bank land, in exchange for the same amount of Israeli land.

 

Abbas is currently offering 4% of the West Bank.

 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Palestinian officials say the proposal is being made on the assumption that Prime Minister Netanyahu was not serious about arriving at a final decision amidst indirect negotiations.

 

However, Saeb Erekat, Palestinian chief negotiator, insists his government was approaching the proximity talks in good faith and "are not going to waste [George] Mitchell's time.”

 

"We want Mr. Mitchell to succeed because his success is our freedom," he added.

 

Meanwhile, Haaretz reported that according to a classified document, Palestinians will seek to use the proximity talks to apply pressure on Israel via the U.S. to freeze its settlement construction plans.

 

The documents were presented by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman earlier this week.

 

"In our assessment, the Palestinians will not reveal any area of flexibility, especially not on issues of borders and territory exchanges, because in their view the Israeli government is not genuinely interested in carrying out effective negotiations," the report states.

 

Mitchell was in the region this past week to mediate talks between Abbas and Netanyahu, in the hopes of arriving at a mutually beneficial land deal.




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