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Report: Netanyahu Ready for Peace Talks on 1967 Lines

•, Jason Ditz
In what will, if confirmed, amount to a major policy shift for the Netanyahu government, Israeli Channel 10 is quoting Likud sources saying the Israeli PM favors Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework and is prepared to negotiate a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 border.
Netanyahu has repeatedly ruled out the 1967 borders in the past, saying the previous borders were “indefensible.” Other key members of his government have claimed religious opposition to the pre-1967 borders, with Naftali Bennett in particular insisting the whole of the occupied territories must remain Israeli occupied forever.

Kerry’s framework agreement reportedly involves the Palestinian Authority endorsing Israel’s status as a Jewish state and Israel endorsing statehood along the 1967 borders, and while the general consensus was that this was a non-starter, that may no longer be the case.

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