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Abbas to propose timetable for peace talks with Israel
Published Tuesday 02/09/2014 (updated) 04/09/2014 18:43
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Israel's controversial separation barrier surrounds the Ras Khamis
neighborhood of East Jerusalem, on November 12, 2013.
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas is set to propose a timetable for peace negotiations with Israel during an upcoming meeting with Arab foreign ministers, a Palestinian official said Tuesday.

Speaking to Jordan's al-Ghad newspaper, Palestinian supreme judge Mahmoud al-Habbash said Abbas wants to garner support from Arab countries for nine months of talks with Israel.

The plan, which Abbas will present in Cairo on Sept. 7, includes three months of negotiations dedicated to agreeing on borders, with the remaining six months focused on refugees, Jerusalem, settlements, security and water, al-Habbash said.

Israel would be expected to freeze illegal settlement construction during the duration of the talks and release the last group of pre-Oslo prisoners.

The talks will aim to set a three-year time-frame for Israel's withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territory.

"If the Israeli occupation doesn't agree on the plan, the Palestinian side will take legal, diplomatic and political moves to impose peace by force," al-Habbash added.

The latest peace talks collapsed in April after Israel refused to release a final group of veteran Palestinian prisoners.

During the course of negotiations, the Israeli government announced plans for thousands of illegal settler homes, killed over 60 Palestinians, and demolished a total of 508 Palestinian structures, 312 of which were homes.
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1 ) David / USA
02/09/2014 22:09
What a joke! In three years, ISIS will have overrun Syria, Iraq, and probably Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Nobody will care what the 'Palestinians' are doing because Israel will be keeping the psychopaths at bay on three fronts. Abbas is so dense! Hamas will frag him the second they feel his usefulness is over. And so ISIS will have a base in the west bank, if Hamas has its way. Better Israel to stall forever than to agree to anything Abbas has to offer.

2 ) inbound39 / New Zealand
03/09/2014 00:11
In three years if Israel does not accept ending the Occupation and Settlements then Israeli's will be at extreme risk in Occupied Territory and anywhere outside of Israel. America will increasingly come under attack for its biased support of Israel and its complicity in the Occupation and Settlements. Sanctions via BDS will have eroded a large chunk of Israels earnings and poverty will have increased within Israel. Israel will be in Isolation.

3 ) George / UK
03/09/2014 00:45
@David, USA: you have so much confidence in IDF. Have you forgotten they've lost 64 soldiers, some of them to friendly fire, while fighting in Gaza? This last war just proved how unprepared IDF is for fighting unconventional/asymmetrical wars. Making peace with Palestinians is a strategic choice for Israel, but you are too proud and/or stupid to understand it. It won't be the first time in history when hubris destroyed big powers.

4 ) joefattal / USA
03/09/2014 03:16
Hell by then, ISIS will be in Israel. They will love to see a vaccum to expand their Islamic State.

5 ) Leslie S. / USA
03/09/2014 06:08
I'm in agreement with Hamas, the State of Israel should not exist...
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