Israeli concessions key to resumed talks with Palestinians
On May 28, DEBKAfile first disclosed some of Israel’s key concessions for enabling US Secretary of State John Kerry to sell the Palestinians his blueprint for the resumption of peace talks: They include the first Palestinian international airport at Jericho, the environs of which would be turned into the hub of an independent Palestinian economy; and a Palestinian potash plant on the Kalia shore of the Dead Sea – marking Israel’s first withdrawals from the West Bank. Further withdrawals would be contingent on progress in the US-sponsored bilateral negotiations. Israel will permit the Palestinian Authority to extract gas from the British BP deep-sea drill off the shore of the Gaza Strip. Finally, Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to meet Mahmoud Abbas’s demand for the release 104 Palestinians serving more than 20 years in Israeli jails.