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According to Palestinian sources, three Prime Minister Olmert has offered the Palestinians a withdrawal map, the first one since the Annapolis mishap last year. In the map, Israel give away 92.5% of the west bank INCLUDING EAST JERUSALEM. You listening Shas? Apparently the threat of indictment is causing Olmert to create a “peace at all costs,” even if the costs might include the state of Israel herself:

PA officials: Israel offered new West Bank withdrawal map

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.The Palestinian officials said Israel presented its new map three days ago in a negotiating session. The last map Israel offered had 12 percent of the West Bank remaining in Israel. Israel wants to keep West Bank land with its main settlement blocs, offering land inside Israel in exchange. The land would be between Hebron in the southern West Bank and Gaza – at least part of a route through Israel to link the two territories.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are being conducted behind closed doors, said Palestinians were ready to trade only 1.8 percent of the West Bank for Israeli land.

Israeli officials refused to comment. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said that progress has been made in several areas, but he refused to give details out of concern for harming the negotiations. The differences in evaluations have a wide range of possible explanations. Abbas needs to show quick concrete results from the talks to persuade his skeptical people that the negotiations are worthwhile – but he complained that while the talks drag on, Israel continues construction in its West Bank settlements and maintains its network of security roadblocks and checkpoints that have choked off economic and social life there. Israel annexed east Jerusalem after the 1967 Mideast War, a move not recognized by the international community. East Jerusalem is home to key sites holy to Islam, Judaism and Christianity. All but about 80,000 of the 270,000 Jewish settlers live in the blocs Israel wants to annex as part of a peace treaty. After the traumatic removal of just 8,500 Jewish settlers from Gaza during Israel’s 2005 withdrawal, a bitter saga that is still reverberating through Israel’s society, Israel wants to take down as few settlements as possible. On the Israeli side, Olmert needs success to shore up his sagging domestic popularity, stung by his inconclusive war in Lebanon in 2006 and harmed further by a string of corruption cases. He was interrogated in the latest one on Friday. Olmert insists that at least a declaration of principles is attainable by the target date. One of the Palestinian officials said the 8.5 percent figure of West Bank land Israel would retain with its new map does not include east Jerusalem, where Israel has built a string of Jewish neighborhoods it intends to keep. Israel wants to put off dealing with Jerusalem, possibly the touchiest issue on the table, until the end of the process. Israel’s previous proposal to keep 12 percent did not include east Jerusalem, either.

Previous peace talks broke down in 2000 with Israel offering about 91 percent of the West Bank, all of Gaza and a link between the two, a formula backed by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton. Issues including Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees were not resolved. Within months, bloody violence erupted between Israelis and Palestinians, halting peace talks until last November. Abbas indicated skepticism about the prospects of the renewed talks.

“Nothing has been achieved in the negotiations with Israel yet,” Abbas told a meeting of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, according to a report Sunday in the Fatah-associated al-Ayyam daily and confirmed by meeting participants.

Domestic issues in both Israel and the US are diverting attention from peacemaking, Abbas told Fatah leaders. “I fear the (corruption) probe against Olmert and the American preoccupation with the (presidential) elections will negatively affect the negotiations,” Abbas said, according to a member of the council, Salah Taameri.

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