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January 29, 2014 4:57 pm

NYT’s Friedman: Kerry May Unveil Peace Plan Soon

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New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman. Photo: Screenshot.

JNS.orgAfter months of tireless diplomacy, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry may be set to outline his framework for a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians, according to prominent New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.

In a Jan. 28 column titled “Why Kerry Is Scary”, Friedman writes that the “Kerry plan” will be revealed soon.

According to Friedman, the plan will “call for an end to the conflict and all claims, following a phased Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank (based on the 1967 lines), with unprecedented security arrangements in the strategic Jordan Valley.”

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Friedman added that the plan will not force Israel to withdraw from “certain settlement blocs” and will allow Israel to compensate the Palestinians with Israeli territory. It will also call for the establishment of a Palestinian capital in eastern Jerusalem and for the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the “nation state of the Jewish people,” wrote Friedman.

The plan will not include the right of return for Palestinian refugees into Israel proper, according to the columnist.

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