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Abbas Peace Plan Calls for Israeli Withdrawal Within 3 Years

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will present a statehood blueprint calling for nine months of peace negotiations with Israel, to be followed by an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within three years, Abbas adviser Mahmoud al-Habash told Jordan’s Al-Ghad newspaper.

The resumption of talks would be contingent on an Israeli freeze on construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, the newspaper said yesterday. Israeli rejection of the proposal would trigger unilateral Palestinian measures, such as moves to press war crimes charges against Israel, according to the newspaper report. Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev had no comment on the Abbas plan today.