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Barak Wishes to Give More to Palestinians.

By Arutz-7 News

Prime Minister Ehud Barak reportedly has more concessions up his sleeve in his efforts to revive the stalled talks with the Palestinians. Correspondents accompanying the Prime Minister in New York report that he is now prepared to cede to Arafat an additional 2 percent of Judea and Samaria, for a total of 90 percent; the Palestinians have demanded 97 percent.

Furthermore, Barak is now willing to sign a final-status agreement that would not include the seemingly-unsolvable issue of Jerusalem. The Likud strongly attacked these concessions; the opposition party also claimed that any agreement signed by Barak is worthless, as he has no majority in either the Knesset or the public.

Reports differ as to Arafat's willingness to accept Barak's offers. Some reports claim that he has decided that he wants an agreement, while others emphasize his apparent insistence on nothing less than total sovereignty over Jerusalem.

PA Legislative Council Chairman Abu Ala placed an interesting proposal before the European Parliament Monday: United Jerusalem should become the capital of the world, under international sovereignty. "The Palestinian Authority will agree to this plan, if this is what is needed for true peace," Abu Ala said.

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Date:Sep 6, 2000
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