Framework deal could refer to “1967” without the word “borders”. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expected to return to Israel next week.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro: Nine-month negotiating window could be extended.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry may have just left Israel this past Monday, but it is already expected that he will return next week as part of his continuing effort to achieve a “framework agreement” between Israel and the Palestinians.
The main remaining point of contention regarding a framework deal is how the 1967 borders will be referred to in it. The Palestinians are demanding that the agreement declare that the peace negotiations will be based on the 1967 borders, while Israel opposes such a declaration.
For its part, the U.S. is interested in the deal including a clause referring to the 1967 borders with land swaps, explaining that this has been “the consistent American position” over the past two decades of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, as evidenced by various past negotiation documents.
One possibility is that the framework deal will refer to “1967” without the word “borders.” Such a solution would be similar to the one included in the “Roadmap for Peace” signed in April 2003 by then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
The wording of the clause would be along the lines of —
“The goal is to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian population that began in 1967, while understanding and taking into account changes that have occurred on the ground.”
In essence, a declaration like this would preserve Israel’s right to the Jerusalem region and settlement blocs.
Source: Israeli Hayom
Is it possible to sign a “peace agreement” between an existing state and a wanabee statehood mentioning “1967′, but remove the word borders?
Possible, but than you must include something about the weather. Or what about the Beatles?
The album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was released in June 1967.
What a wonderful coincidence.
Be aware than all nations needs borders. The eastern border of Israel must always go long the Jordan river. And by the way: There has never been a “Palestinian people”. They are all Arabs.
Written by Ivar