Abbas: We wanted to negotiate during Cast Lead

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.

via Abbas: We wanted to negotiate during Cast Lead.


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