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Netanyahu denies major change in Israeli peace talks conditions

Netanyahu denies major change in Israeli peace talks conditions
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied that Israel has agreed to resume peace talks with the Palestinians on the basis of working with the 1967 frontiers with land exchanges agreed on by both parties. An Israeli official had previously announced Tel Aviv had accepted the idea.

It follows US Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest round of diplomacy which may have opened the door to peace talks resuming.

“Secretary Kerry really made real progress and the chances for an understanding heightened. And this day, tomorrow, another day, are very crucial,” said Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Israel’s president is sounding optimistic following what appears to be significant progress made by John Kerry. He seems to have won Palestinian acceptance that in a two-state solution, Israel would be a Jewish state, a demand the Palestinians have previously rejected.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was presenting the Kerry package to his colleagues on Thursday.

However, the US State Department has said there are currently no plans for an announcement on the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.