PLO Official: Israel Wants 6-9% of Yesha, and Jerusalem

According to PLO executive committee member Tayseer Khaled, recent talks in Jordan revealed Israel wants to retain 6-9 per cent of Judea and Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem.

“Many factions and political parties within the Palestinian political spectrum strictly oppose this offer,” Khaled told Gulf News, adding that officials in Ramallah had taken the "controversial step" of tentatively agreeing to cede 2% of Judea and Samaria.

“Addressing the idea of the land swap makes it more possible for Israeli colonies to remain the way they are. This is a major negotiating mistake committed by the Palestinians,” he said.

Instead, Khaled insists, discussions of borders should be postponed until all core issues, including the status of Jerusalem, water and border crossings are completely settled.

“The Israeli response has tackled all the core issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with a postponement to the issue of the borders,” he said.

“The Palestinian negotiators should have withdrawn and walked away from such useless meetings,” he stressed....

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