Itongadol/AJN.- Amid reports recent bout of talks end without results, Palestinian leadership presents new list of demands, including a written commitment by Netanyahu that East Jerusalem will be Palestine\’s capital.
The Palestinians have compiled a new list of demands for the continuation of peace talks, ranging from the release of some 1,200 Palestinian prisoners to a written commitment by Israel accepting the Palestinian state along the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital.
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The list was presented to the PLO Thursday by Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Al-Aalul, a Fatah central committee member, and indicated a hardening of positions by the Palestinians as talks falter.
The list of demands are:
1.A written commitment by Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu that the borders of the Palestinian state will be along the 1967 \’green-line\’ and that its capital will be East Jerusalem.
2.The release of 1,200 Palestinian prisoners, including political heavyweights Marwan Barghouti, Ahmed Saadat and Fuad Shubkhi.
3.An end to the Egyptian-Israeli blockade on Gaza, and the formulation of dealing allowing the flow of goods into Gaza.
4.A halt in construction in East Jerusalem.
5.The IDF will not be allowed to enter Area A – the area of the West Bank under autonomous PA control since the Oslo Accords – to conduct arrests or assassinations
6.Israel will permit the PA control over Area C – currently under Israel\’s control.
7.The Palestinians known as the Church of Nativity deportees – a group of terrorist who barricaded themselves in the Church of the Nativity on April 2, 2002 and were later deported to European nations and the Gaza Strip – will be allowed to return to the West Bank.
8.The reopening of a number of Palestinian development agencies Israel shut down.
Peace negotiations are near collapse amid mutual accusations of bad faith.