Abbas disclosed that he and Olmert had finalized an agreement on
security issues, which was approved by the Bush administration, Olmert
himself, and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. He said the document
remains in the possession of the US National Security Council.
Olmert’s associates later confirmed that Israel and the US had reached
such an agreement, but they said they were surprised that the
Palestinians were now saying they had accepted it.
On borders, Abbas said that he had a difference of opinion with Olmert
about whether a proposed land swap would comprise 6.5% of the West
Bank territory as Olmert wanted, or 1.9%, which he had offered. Abbas
claimed for the first time that he was willing to continue the talks
about how to bridge the gap despite the fact that Operation Cast Lead
had begun, but the Olmert administration refused.