Former Obama Aide: Palestinians Receptive to Gradual Peace Deal

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz Service)

Published November 22, 2010.
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The Palestinian Authority would be receptive to peace deal which would allow for a gradual Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, U.S. President Barack Obama’s former National Security Advisor James L. Jones said on Monday, adding that he felt there was an “enormous” opportunity to get the two sides back to the negotiations table.

Speaking at the Aspen Institute in Washington D.C. on the stalled Middle East peace process, Jones claimed that both Israel and the PA already knew the general borders of a future Palestinian state: “Most everybody knows what it’s going to look like, what end state is, you know, 93, 94, 95 percent [of the West Bank].”

“The question is, how do you get there? Do you get there all at once? Do you get there sequentially? Do you get there gradually?” the former Obama aide asked, adding that he “found that the Palestinians are actually reasonably receptive to a certain time frame by which things will happen rather than to say nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to.”

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