Kerry’s Offer: Release Prisoners and They’ll Renew Talks March 23, 2013 10:22 pm
Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this evening, after earlier discussing ways to push a new peace plan with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, U.S. and Israeli sources said.
A radio report said Netanyahu and Kerry had a first round of private talks and were then joined by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Netanyahu’s personal envoy Yitzhak Molcho and his national security adviser Yaakov Amidror.
Channel 10 News reported that Kerry is planning on offering Israel and the PA an outline which would see Israel releasing terrorists from its prisons and transferring areas from Area B, which is under joint PA-Israeli control under the Oslo Accords, to Area A which is under full PA control.
Kerry’s outline would have the PA undertaking a return to the negotiating table and promising not to file lawsuits against Israel with the International Criminal Court.
Earlier on Saturday, Kerry met Abbas in the Jordanian capital, reported AFP.
“Kerry and Abbas discussed possible steps to revive a new political process for peace,” the PA’s ambassador in Amman Attallah Kheiry told AFP.
“Abbas stressed that Israeli settlements endanger the peace process and that Israel should free Palestinian prisoners.”
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