The Palestinians are ready to resume long-stalled peace talks with Israel and to agree to “minor” territorial concessions in accordance with a counter offer to the plan proposed by the United States. On 29 June I wrote to the Israeli and French media, citing AFP.
According to the Agency, the letter that was sent to Ramallah with the Quartet on the middle East (to include representatives of the European Union, UN, Russia and the United States) refers to the willingness of the Palestinian authority to make concessions, but the starting point for negotiations should be the 1967 borders. This writes Le Figaro.
The Palestinians are ready to resume direct bilateral negotiations from the point where they left off in 2014, according to the text of the letter.
It is noted that no other as the Palestinians are not interested in reaching a peace agreement, and none other than the Palestinians may lose as much as the Palestinians in the absence of peace.
In Ramallah, has said it is ready to place in the region of the international forces as a guarantor of the peace agreement by the parties.
It stressed that the talks should be the creation of an independent Palestinian state with limited arms and a strong national police to maintain law and order.
The Times of Israel recalls that the Israeli coalition government has set July 1 as the date from which it could unilaterally Annex areas of the West Bank of the Jordan river (this includes the plan of U.S. President Donald trump). Palestinian authorities said that their offer will be cancelled if Israel continued annexation of “any part of Palestinian territory”.
The publication notes that in the West Bank and the settlements, which the international community considers the annexed population of about 450 thousand Israelis and about 2.8 million Palestinians.
Trump presented a plan for a middle East settlement on January 28. The proposed agreement he called “the deal of the century”. The trump plan also provides for the establishment of a Palestinian state and investments worth more than $50 billion. Jerusalem must remain the “undivided capital” of Israel, while the capital of the state of Palestine is al Quds, which will include the Eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem, the document says. Trump has also published a map of the possible location of the two States.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supported the plan of trump. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated that thousands said no to this initiative. He called the deal a “conspiracy” and “a slap in the face of the century”. According to him, Jerusalem is not for sale, and Palestine “will not kneel”. In the end, Abbas announced the severance of relations with Israel and the United States.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem after the 1967 war and considers the entire city its undivided capital. The international community does not recognize and insists that the city’s status should be determined in the course of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. The Palestinians, in turn, want to declare East Jerusalem the capital of their state.
The administrative capital of Israel is now in tel Aviv and the Palestinian authority based in Ramallah.
Abbas in 2014, offered to make Jerusalem the shared capital of two States. 6 December 2017 trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced the postponement of the U.S. Embassy in this city, after which relations between the United States and the Palestinian authority was almost severed.
On 17 may Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting of the Knesset announced its intention to Annex the West Bank of the Jordan river.