PA's Erekat: US Gave Written Guarantees

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat says the Obama administration provided written guarantees that all their demands would be met if they agreed to hold talks with Israel.

In an interview with a Nazareth-based Arabic-language radio station, Erekat said the PA would not have resumed negotiations without those written guarantees, Arutz Sheva reported.

"We would not have returned to the table without a written document confirming these points," he said.

According to Erekat, the U.S. guaranteed in writing that negotiations would be based on the pre-1967 "borders" (1949 armistice lines) and would resolve all the core issues, including Jerusalem as its capital and the so-called right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

Those borders have been called "suicide" borders for Israel in the past, leaving Israel nine miles wide at one place, and would mean that all of biblical Judea and Samaria, i.e., the West Bank, would be on the table.

Erekat also said the European Union's recent decision to boycott Israeli enterprises outside the pre-1967 borders was part of an agreement with them to return to negotiations.

The P.A., for its part, agreed to postpone returning to the United Nations for unilateral statehood recognition while negotiations continue, Erekat said, adding that should Israel fail to release the remaining prisoners serving life sentences for murder that too would free them to return to the U.N.

Meanwhile, Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bring the Labor Party into the coalition in place of Jewish Home because it supports the "two-state solution."

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