Leaked Documents Report Palestinian Concessions

Published: January 24th 2011
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Mahmoud Abbas

According to leaked Palestinian documents, peace negotiators were reportedly willing to hand over most of the Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem and accept a joint authority of the Temple Mount.


Over 1,600 Palestinian documents relating to the peace process were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network, which then shared them with Britain's newspaper, The Guardian.


The leaked documents show that during negotiations in 2008 and 2009, Palestinian negotiators offered Israel all of the Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, with the exception of Har Homa. The Palestinian negotiators also proposed a joint committee to take over the Jewish and Palestinian holy sites on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.


The documents show that the Palestinians agreed that Israel would take 10,000 Palestinian refugees under the right of return and that they would recognize Israel as a Jewish state. In addition, Israel offered to transfer Israeli Arabs to the Palestinian state.


Also revealed is the fact that West Bank Palestinian Authority leaders - including President Mahmoud Abbas – knew in advance about the December 2008 Gaza war.


The identity of the leakers is being protected by Al Jazeera and The Guardian.


Erekat called the report on the documents "lies and half truths."


Abbas rejected the report that said the number of Palestinians being allowed to return to Israel would be severely limited

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