In a stark reversal of his previous position, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly told the United States that he would support a peace deal along 1967 lines if Palestinians agreed not to seek statehood at the United Nations next month.”We are willing in a framework of restarting the peace talks to accept a proposal that would contain elements that would be difficult for Israel and we would find very difficult to endorse,” an Israeli official told the Telegraph.
Netanyahu had previously called “indefensible” the idea of a plan along 1967 borders, an idea endorsed by President Barack Obama in May.
The plan would redraw the lines of the Israeli state and a future Palestinian state along the borders that existed in 1967 before Israel took East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. It would, however, include some land exchanges, in which Israel would be able to keep some of its settlements in the West Bank in exchange for land on the Israeli side.
Palestinian leaders have previously said they would consider not pressing forward with the bid to be recognised by the U.N. in September if the U.S. could come up with a better idea.
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