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Abbas offers Mideast peace proposals

July 3, 2010 at 1:53 PM
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RAMALLAH, West Bank, July 3 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority leader Saturday proposed a peace agreement with Israel, including a return to the 1967 borders and a 2.3 percent land swap.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a list of proposals to U.S. envoy George Mitchell during a meeting in Ramallah, proposing that Israel remain in control of Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter and Western Wall, leaving the rest of East Jerusalem open to all, Haaretz reported.

The land swap proposed by Abbas would put Israel in control of a strip of land near Ben-Gurion International Airport, as well as the large settlement blocks of Gush Etzion, Pisgat Ze'ev and Modi'in Ilit. In exchange, Palestinians would acquire land south of the West Bank and a passageway between the West Bank and Gaza, Haaretz said, quoting a report from the Arab newspaper Al-Hayat.

Abbas also proposed that NATO troops secure the border between the two states.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Mitchell he wants direct talks with Abbas.

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