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8 novembre 2013 5 08 /11 /novembre /2013 01:05

Israeli Peace Negotiators Livni and Molcho in Conflict over Jerusalem

Published on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:05


Israel radio said in a report that Israel's Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, who heads the Israeli negotiations team and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's representative, Yitzhak Molcho, came to dispute on issues relating to the size of the area designated for the free movement of Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post reported.

According to the report, Molcho asked to restrict the boundaries as much as possible, bordering on east Jerusalem, while Livni showed a more flexible stance.

The report said that Israel's position on the borders is the actual path of the separation barrier rather than the pre-1967 lines as demanded by the Palestinians.

Israel wishes to retain not only the settlement blocs, but also some isolated settlements beyond the barrier, such as Psagot and Beit-El, the report added.

Israel has also stated that it will keep its hold on the Jordan Valley and its water resources, but Palestinians will be allowed to purchase water from Israel.

It's worth mentioning that the negotiating teams have held 15 meetings, each of which lasted 3-4 hours.

JPost said that sources at the Netanyahu's Office deny the issue concerning the borders, and added that it has been made clear to the Palestinians that Jerusalem will remain under Israeli sovereignty with its present borders.

It also said that Livni's office offered no comment, but stated that the report was unfounded and meant to harm negotiations.


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