Abbas says Palestinians may accept small land swap
The Palestinians might accept a small land swap as part of a final agreement with Israel but will not recognize it as a Jewish state, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday.
Abbas made the comments following a meeting in Ramallah with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic in Ramallah, dpa reported.
Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani had previously said in Washington that the Arab League had agreed to the idea of a land swap to facilitate a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israel.
But Abbas stressed that while "we might accept a small change on the borders if we must," the Palestinians still insist on a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Nikolic, who had earlier visited the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, said Abbas had briefed him on efforts to revive the peace process with Israel, saying international efforts to resume talks appeared to be moving in the right direction.