Source: Israel Today Magazine
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to restart peace negotiations with the Palestinians using the pre-1967 borders as a baseline for a final status peace agreement, according to Israeli media.
Officials in Netanyahu’s office told various newspapers that the proposal is actually a package deal that also requires the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, something the Palestinian leadership has vehemently refused to do.
Israelis see the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as evidence that the Arabs intend to continue the struggle against Israel even after a supposedly “final status” deal is signed.
But the Palestinians have also been criticizing Israel
l for years over its refusal to base a peace deal on the pre-1967 lines, and so will have trouble brushing off that offer without appearing insincere in their commitment to peace.
On paper, Israel is not offering much more than it already has. Previous Israeli governments have offered the Palestinians nearly all of the territory up to the pre-1967 borders, with mutually accepted land swaps to accomodate large Jewish settlements.