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Israel mulling Obama 1967 lines' deal

08-03-2011 08:47 BJT

JERUSALEM, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be willing to accept elements of United States President Barack Obama's foreign policy plan, to help revive deadlocked peace talks with the Palestinians, including a possible pullback to parts of the 1949 armistice lines (pre-1967 war), according to local officials.

"The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine," Obama said in his State Department address on May 19th.

Top Israeli officials on Tuesday noted to Xinhua that Israel has been prepared to talk about such negotiations for some time, as long as the end result would be two states for two peoples, with Palestinian interlocutors accepting Israel as a Jewish State.

However, Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected affirming Israel's point of view, which has proved a stumbling block for Israel agreeing to renewed talks.

Additionally, while the American president said that "The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps," officials, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, averred that such an agreement would not necessarily be based on a one-for-one, meter- for-meter deal.

Two Israeli news outlets, Channel 2 television and Israel government radio both reported Monday evening that the prime minister, during a session of the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee, had agreed to "accept working with the international community to find a way to make that (peace talks) happen."

Negotiations came to a halt late last September soon after they were to restart, after Israel's 10-month self-imposed hiatus on construction in West Bank settlements ended.

Abbas said at the time that he would not return to the negotiating table, so long as any building continued, including in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians see as the capital of their future state.

Israeli officials have stated that they consider Jerusalem an inseparable part of Israel, and their "eternal and indivisible" capital, including the largely Arab-populated side of the city.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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