Israeli FM says leaked Palestinian documents make his case for interim deal

09:11, January 25, 2011      

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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that putative Palestinian National Authority (PNA) documents that were leaked Sunday "prove" his suggestion that the only viable peace deal possible between Israelis and Palestinians lay in an interim agreement between the two sides.

British newspaper The Guardian and the Al-Jazeera news channel published more than 1,600 documents that supposedly detail the behind-the-scenes notes and thinking of the Palestinian negotiating team in talks with then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in 2008.

Senior PNA members, including the chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, have angrily dismissed the papers, with some calling them forgeries by rival Palestinian groups meant to embarrass PNA President Mahmoud Abbas and his positions.

In an interview with Israel Radio on Monday, Lieberman said " even the most left-wing government of Olmert and (then Foreign Minister Tzipi) Livni did not manage to reach a peace agreement," despite the many concessions.

Many of the documents commented on in the media apparently show the Palestinians far more ready to compromise on core issues such as the final status of East Jerusalem, the so-called right of return for Palestinians to the West Bank and Israel.

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