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Israel-Palestine talks: What does the future have in store

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    Israel-Palestine peace talks to resume as Palestinians agree to “minor” territorial concessions, according to a counter-proposal to a contentious US plan.

    Israel-Palestine talks: Palestine ready to negotiate
    A Palestinian Authority text sent to the international peacemaking Quartet, seen on Monday, says the Palestinians are “ready to resume direct bilateral negotiations where they stopped,” in 2014. Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said on June 9 that the PA had drafted a response to the US proposal but did not previously mention direct talks with the Israelis.
    Israel’s coalition government has set July 1 as the date from which it could initiate action on US President Donald Trump’s Middle East controversial peace proposals.

    Read more: US continues to support Israel expansionist annexation policy

    The Trump plan paves the way for Israel to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jewish settlements considered illegal under international law. The PA said the counter-proposal would be withdrawn if Israel went ahead with annexation “of any part of the Palestinian territory”.

    “No one has as much interest as the Palestinians in reaching a peace agreement and no one has as much to lose as the Palestinians in the absence of peace,” said the four-page letter to the Quartet of the United Nations, United States, Russia, and the European Union.

    “We are ready to have our state with a limited number of weapons and a powerful police force to uphold law and order,” it said, adding that it would accept an international force such as NATO, mandated by the UN, to monitor compliance with any eventual peace treaty.

    Isreal eager to reach a compromise
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Monday he is willing to negotiate with the Palestinians on the basis of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast “peace plan.”

    The remark was made overnight in a pre-recorded address to a conference organized by “Christians United for Israel,” a U.S.-based pro-Israeli evangelical group. Speaking two days before his set date for annexing part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Netanyahu urged the Palestinians to “embrace” Trump’s plan.
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    Israel-Palestine talks: What does the future have in store