July 31, 2013 in Nation/World

Security, borders among issues

 

The broad outlines of any agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians are well known: The Palestinians want a state based on the borders, with agreed land swaps, that existed before the 1967 war in which Israel seized east Jerusalem and occupied the West Bank and Gaza. Israel wants security assurances and a recognition that it is and will remain a Jewish state.

The main issues on now the table for negotiation include security, borders, the status of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and water, all of which have been responsible for cratering multiple peace efforts over the past two decades.

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