Palestinians Demand Israeli Concessions before Returning to Talks

(Ynet News) Attila Somfalvi - In discussions with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry over the renewal of peace talks with Israel, the Palestinians are insisting that Netanyahu declare a construction freeze in the West Bank settlements, but Israel is currently not expanding settlements and the U.S. has assured the Palestinians it would not do so in the near future. The Palestinians are also demanding that Israel agree to release prisoners, including some with blood on their hands, as well as recognize the 1967 borders as a baseline for negotiations. A senior Israeli official said the government would agree to release prisoners, but not as a condition for resuming negotiations. In addition, Israel will not agree to release all the prisoners the Palestinians are demanding.

2013-07-01 00:00:00

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