P.A. Says No to 91.5 Percent of West Bank

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CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH - The Israeli government's behind-the-scenes offer to cede 91.5 percent of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is unacceptable, according to PA officials.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas told members of the Fatah Revolutionary Council Sunday that nothing has been achieved in six months of negotiations with Israel, as reported in an article by the PA daily al-Ayyam.

"Domestic issues in both Israel and the U.S. are diverting attending from peacemaking," Abbas told Fatah's leaders.

One member of the Revolutionary Council told The Associated Press that Abbas feared "... the [corruption] probe against Olmert and the American preoccupation with the [presidential]elections will negatively affect the negotiations."

According to Palestinian officials, Israel presented a revised map, reducing the first offer of retaining 12 percent of the area to 8.5 percent, three days ago.

The officials said neither offer included Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, which is unacceptable to the Palestinians, who want east Jerusalem, including the Old City, as the capital of their future state.

Source: The Associated Press

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