Israel has agreed to a proposed formula for new peace talks with the Palestinians under which the border of their future state would be along lines that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, but with agreed land swaps, an Israeli official said on Thursday.
The official said that, were the Palestinians to accept the formula, it would be announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who would also describe the future Palestine as existing alongside a "Jewish state" of Israel. A spokesman for Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu denied the report.
In a further sign of a possible breakthrough in Kerry's intense diplomatic efforts to get the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table after a three-year break, Israeli army radio said Thursday the military is preparing to lift some restrictions on Palestinian movement in the West Bank.
"It appears that in the next few days the future of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will be determined," army radio's reporter for the Palestinian territories reported.
"In the light of security assessments, two roads in the territories are expected shortly to be opened to Palestinian traffic; one north of Ramallah and one close to Beit Haggai," he added, referring to a settlement near the southern West Bank city ofHebron.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Yet another example of the steps Israel is willing to take for peace, sadly left out by the Huffington Post: