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August 07, 2007

Olmert's Office Denies Ha'aretz Story

Olmert denies the front-page Ha'aretz story that he is considering a plan to give all of the West Bank to a Palestinian state

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office has issued a highly unusualy press release through the Government Press Office this morning, stating:

In response to the main headline in this morning's Ha'aretz, we do not know of any plan as described in the article. We would like to clarify that such a plan has not been considered, nor is it being raised for discussion in any forum. We express our amazement at this erroneous article, which was published without any attempt being made to ascertain from us its accuracy.

The Ha'aretz story, headlined "Olmert and Peres: Palestinian state on 100% of West Bank area, with swaps," begins:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is examing a new framework for peace in which Israel will propose transferring to the Palestinian state area equivalent to 100 percent of the territories conquered in 1967.

Israel will suggest to the Palestinians to conduct negotiations for adequate territorial compensation from Israel's sovereign territory, in exchange for settlement blocs amounting to about 5 percent of the West Bank's area.

Israel is also examining various options of exchanging settlement blocs with Arab community blocs within Israel, in agreement with the residents. . .

Posted by TS at August 7, 2007 02:53 AM


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