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Netanyahu wants 40% of West Bank under Israeli control.

Summary: RAMALLAH: A senior Palestinian official on Friday said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded to keep 40 percent of West Bank under Israeli control for an extended period.


Netanyahu told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that Israel wants this percentage of West Bank territories as part of a peace agreement, said Nabil Sha'ath, a member of Fatah's Central Committee, in an interview with the Voice of Palestine Radio.

Netanyahu also reportedly told the Palestinian leadership that he wouldn't listen to one word from Abbas and not a word about borders or refugees until the Palestinians agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and about its security needs.

Sha'ath said that the Palestinian leadership rejected Netanyahu's conditions to resume the stalled peace process.

Sha'ath also attacked the United States for its recent veto of a UN Security Council resolution condemning settlements, saying that the United States' role in the peace talks was coming to an end.

He added that France and other European Union countries were weighing putting forth their own peace initiative in the near future.

On Thursday, Abbas announced that Netanyahu's option of a Palestinian state with provisional borders was unacceptable to the Palestinian leadership. Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rdaineh said the option will not be discussed under any circumstance.

Israeli media quoted Netanyahu as saying in closed talks that his government should consider the option of an interim accord with the Palestinians in light of the political deadlock and as the Palestinians failed to demonstrate willingness to enter into negotiations.

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Mar 4, 2011
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