Mar 022011
 



March 2 Israel — Recent protests in the Arab world have prompted Israel’s prime minister to consider changing his strategy on an interim peace deal, sources in his office said.

The sources told Haaretz that Prime Minister is considering the establishment of a Palestinian state with temporary borders that could be implemented immediately.

The Palestinians aren’t ready to reach a final-status agreement to end the conflict, in light of the instability in the region,” the sources quoted Netanyahu as saying.

One official said Netanyahu was “seriously considering” a major policy address to launch the new initiative, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The idea is that once a Palestinian state has been established along provisional borders, negotiations can continue toward an agreement that includes permanent ones.

Government sources won’t say when the new plan might be launched.

Observers expect it to be unveiled before the next meeting of Quartet principals scheduled for mid-March in Paris.

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