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August 1, 2013 9:02 am

Report: Kerry Tells Congressmen That Israel Can Retain 85% of Settlement Blocs

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat address reporters on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations at the U.S. Department of State. Photo: State Department.

Ynet – Secretary of State John Kerry estimated in conversations with Congressmen that Israel will retain 85% of the settlement blocs in a future peace deal, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

According to the report, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators who recently met in Washington to discuss timetables for negotiations, also discussed the fate of West Bank settlements and the possibility of land swaps. Immediately after Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian negotiatorSaeb Erekat left Washington, Kerry phoned some of his friends at the House of Representatives to report about the talks.

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