Report: Palestinians agreed to give up most of East Jerusalem
Wafa, the Palestinian Authority's news agency, quoted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as saying Sunday that he did not know where Al-Jazeera got its information and that there was nothing new to report.
January 23rd, 2011
11:12 PM ET

Report: Palestinians agreed to give up most of East Jerusalem

Palestinian negotiators agreed to give up large swaths of East Jerusalem to Israel during negotiations dating back to 2008, the Al-Jazeera network said Sunday, suggesting Palestinians have been willing to offer much larger concessions in private than what was previously acknowledged in public.

The report is based on a trove of nearly 1,700 internal documents the network said it had obtained. Al-Jazeera did not disclose the source of the material, nor did it say how the documents came into its possession. It said it will be releasing what it has between Sunday and Wednesday of this week.

The papers, some of which were posted on the network's website, shed new light on the details of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from 1999 through last year. They could not be immediately verified by CNN.

The documents outline meetings between Israeli, Palestinian and U.S. officials in which Palestinian negotiators offered in 2008 to relinquish claims on nearly all of the settlements built in East Jerusalem.

The offer was flatly rejected by the Israeli side, according to the posted documents.

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  1. nepawoods

    Something's very missing from this article. Israel rejected a unilateral offer from Palestinians to relinquish claims on land, for nothing in return?

    January 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Well, this report said nothing about the Palestinian will to make other "concessions": to give up the demand for Israel to allow millions of Palestinians into Israel and to end the hostilities are just two examples.

      January 24, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. The two witnesses

    Have you heard??? The two witnesses spoken of in revelation chapter 11 and throughout your holy scriptures are here in this time period and doing a work of the great heavenly father!! Please call 1 800 613 9494 or visit the website www. Yahweh. Com today!!!

    January 24, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. GunnerGA

    Jerusalem must never be a split city again. While offers to relinquish some of the Palestinian claims may show some willingness to think outside the box they have been living under for the past 40 years, it is not a complete rejection on their claims on Jerusalem. Until they recognize Jerusalem as a unified city under Israeli control, they will have a hard time reaching agreement.

    What they SHOULD consider, however, is to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and upon signing of an final status agreement, an embassy should be established on the edge of Jerusalem...possibly a very large one. This embassy could border the west bank. As such, the Palestinians could use their embassy, being contiguous with the west bank, as a dual purpose building - Embassy for Israel's purposes and capital for the Arab world purposes. As an embassy is de facto foreign soil, the Palestinians could say honestly that they have a capital in Jerusalem and it would not interfere with Israeli sensibilities. Muslim holy sites remain administered by the Jordanians (unless they cede that responsibility to the Palestinians).... once this is settled, the only hard part left is water rights.... which could be a more difficult subject once the emotional topics have been dispensed with.

    January 24, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • truthywood

      Jerusalem must be given to Palestinians, it must not be divided.

      January 24, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. joe mamma

    Here is news NOT being reported by Faux. This should open a lot of eyes in the world. It won't in the US because only CNN is reporting it (at least 1/2 the story) with a tiny little link.

    January 24, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    The 'Most Holy' site in the history of the Jewish religion is the temple located in Jerusalem. Throughout Hebrew and Jewish history, this temple was visual proof that they were God's chosen nation. That temple is now a Muslim mosque. Never do we hear of Israel even wanting the temple back. What does Israel really want?

    January 24, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Israel did and does want peace and prosperity for BOTH the Jews and the Arabs. As long as the Arabs want nothing less but destruction of Israel peace can not be achieved.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
    • truthywood

      Yes Nazi terrorist Moses killed millions of Palestinians 3500 years ago and created than temple in Jerusalem, now those Nazis want to do same thing again.

      January 24, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. kalaam

    MossadMole AbuMazen always at work.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mmmmm

    How can these negoitiations be considered fair when these people basic rights and liberties are denied them? Again and always politics takes precedence over dignity of the human person and true peace. Call it what it is: inhumane and blackmail. The kingdom of God is not built on evil and malice! The people pushing this atrocity isn't a friend of Israel or the Palestinian people.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    This is so wrong, so immoral. It is nothing but a travesty. The Jets and Da Bears should be going to the Super Bowl! I protest. I am sure that the people of Palestine and Israel would agree.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Maybe if Israel simply honored her covenant with God rather than making alliances with foreign nations, things would go better for them. Israel is no different than any other nation that keeps it's borders open for profit, but closed for people. (the people coming in from our southern border are allowed in for profit. Imagine if the corporations hiring them had to pay unuion-scale) Israel is just another run-of-the-mill worldly nation now, whereas they used to really stand out as God's chosen nation. Too bad you great people. Too bad your leaders are blind guides who have rejected their God-given place in history and now seek their own selfish longing.

    January 24, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    "If only you would listen to my voice, how I would love to gather your people together just as a hen gathers her chicks"–God

    January 24, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    What? Is there not a Prominant Jew in this room to dispute me?

    January 24, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    Sorry, I'm not a Jew, I'm not that good at saving money, and my nose is too short.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Duly noted. Next.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    @truthywood...Moses never stepped foot on ancient Palestinian soil. He never even crossed the Jordan River! Your s/n should be falseywood.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Or are you just upset because Moses' wife was black?

    January 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Be careful the last jerk who ragged on Moses' wife was turned into a leper...

      January 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
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