Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories Vol 23 #4


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is continuing his efforts with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to begin negotiations in earnest to end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and to establish a Palestinian state at peace with Israel. Such negotiations will necessarily address competing Israeli and Palestinian demands for territory. The idea of a “swap” of territory between Israel and Palestine—according to which Israel annexes territory in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and Palestine annexes Israeli territory as part of a final status peace agreement—has featured in every negotiating forum conducted since 2000.