PALESTINIAN ENVOY BLASTS ISRAEL CLAIM IN WEST BANK

19 Sep

By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH

JERICHO, West Bank (AP) — Israel’s demand to keep control of the West Bank’s Jordan Valley for 40 more years in the event of a peace deal is driven by economic interests, not security concerns, the chief Palestinian negotiator said Thursday.

Saeb Erekat made the comments during a tour of the valley for foreign diplomats and reporters. The Palestinians view the sparsely populated area, which borders Jordan, as the breadbasket of their future state, while Israel considers it a security buffer.

Full Story: http://bigstory.ap.org

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