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Chief US negotiator outlines framework agreement
Published Friday 31/01/2014 (updated) 01/02/2014 10:16
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A chief US negotiator told Jewish leaders on Friday that a framework agreement would be presented to the Israeli and Palestinian sides within weeks, Israeli media reported.

Haaretz reported that Martin Indyk, special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, told the leaders that the agreement would address Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, security, mutual recognition, land swaps, and borders.

Indyk said the agreement would be the basis for a final deal by the end of 2014.

The framework will be vague on the status of Jerusalem and other sensitive issues, Indyk said. But it will also make specific proposals for other major points of contention.

He said a new security arrangement would be proposed for the border between the West Bank and Jordan.

The framework will offer compensation for Palestinian refugees, and also for Jewish settlers moving back to Israel, he said.

However, a majority of settlers -- 75-80 percent -- would be able to stay as a result of land swaps which would render areas of the West Bank part of Israel.

The agreement will additionally identify "Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people and Palestine as the nation state of the Palestinian people," Indyk said.

Abbas and other chief Palestinian officials have repeatedly stated that they would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, an Israeli request that has dominated the current round of peace talks.

The officials say recognizing Israel as a Jewish state would threaten the rights of nearly 1.3 million Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel who remained in their homes during the displacement of the majority of the Palestinian population during the 1948 war.

Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians were relaunched in July under the auspices of the US after nearly three years of impasse.

Israel's government has announced the construction of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements since peace talks began.
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1 ) J / usa
31/01/2014 18:48
To be there peace. Palestinians should just agree to few simple things: 1: give up jerusalem. 2: give up right of return. 3: give up jordan valley. 4: recognize israel right to exist. Very simple things.

2 ) Paul / USA
01/02/2014 00:24
to 1),... in other words "just give up." The Holy Mount in particular is not Pals nor Zionists to give up or take. Short of recognizing the heir to that property, the Son of David, it would be best for the UN to occupy it with troops and a government stated to be interim until the heir is manifested. After all that is really what the real point of contention is,... for the most part,... hence Kerry says they are leaving parts of that vague, ... meanwhile Z-State keeps building.

3 ) Johnny benson / USA
01/02/2014 00:31
Don't forget complete dis.arming...and there you have a do.anle peace plan...now what if fatah loses the next election to Hamas?...or if there's a Arab spring uprising ..and the Islamists take over?...and what if with Israel out of the West Bank ..the Arabs decide to have another intifada..?....and what if Iran gets the bomb and decides to arm the pals..despite the peace deal?...what if all the Arab countries decide to march on Israel. Through the Jordan valley...trapping the IDf defense?..?

4 ) john costello / usa
01/02/2014 07:29
With recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, the United States and Israel strike deeply into the heart of what millions have strived over millennia to achieve; democratic pluralism. The sanctity of the human being as an inalienable right, not based on race or creed. This too will be sacrificed on the alter of the unholy holocaust. What more? Only time will tell but perhaps everything.

5 ) Bemused / New Zealand
01/02/2014 13:10
For there to be peace, Israel should just comply with international law, remove the settlements, give the settlers right of return to their great friends the United States, withdraw to behind the 1948 borders as determined by the United Nations, and suck up the fact that they do not, and never did have, the right to partition Palestine. Israel exists entirely through theft, genocide, and ethnic cleansing, and as such, has NO right to exist. Full stop.

6 ) Alana Turing / UK
01/02/2014 23:37
@3) - Johnny B: That's a lot of 'if's to be going on with, do they keep you awake at night or are you just surmising. We could also argue that Palestinians might actually want peace, that even if Hamas won the next election, they would be fair & abide by any agreements, that the Arabs would rather not have another intifada, & that other Arab countries may wish to normalise with Israel should peace be forthcoming, so that they could live in relative peace. How about considering those alternatives

7 ) Wayne / nz
02/02/2014 10:06
@5..... Bang on the button , could not have said it better myself It must be a kiwi thing, thinking fair, sure as hell isn't an Israeli or USA thing. Israel is only built on stolen land, and yes 1948 lines are the true lines and makes me wonder why Palestinians would settle, so far settling has got them no where ... roll on July when these silly pointless talks stop, and court can begin, Israel will find they are on the losing side, and they know it...
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