TEL AVIV -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out clashing visions of a two-state solution here Tuesday during an Israeli security conference.
In a taped interview broadcast at the conference, Abbas insisted that Israeli troops pull out of Palestinian territories in the West Bank within three years after a peace agreement is reached. He suggested a third party, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, oversee an Israeli withdrawal and maintain a long-term security presence in the area.
"Our ancestors would never forgive an Israeli leader who gives away our land and divides our capital," said Bennett, who was elected to the Knesset, or parliament, last year on a platform that included opposition to a Palestinian state and who is a part of Netanyahu's ruling coalition. "It was ours 4,000 years ago and it will be ours for another 4,000 years until eternity."
Hamas, the Islamic faction that rules the Gaza Strip, has in the past opposed the negotiations. But in his address Tuesday, Abbas said the group had signed an agreement with him supporting the talks. This week Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, is scheduled to meet with Kerry in Washington to discuss the framework for continued negotiations.
The INSS, which is headed by former Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, offered its own plan in the event the talks fail.