A senior official in the Fatah faction of Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (PA) said, Thursday, that it is too early to be talking about exchanges of territory with Israel. Interviewed by the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency, Mohammed Ishtayeh said that such a step should come as a result of negotiations and not as a promise before talks. The possibility of territorial exchange was a key component of a plan presented by an Arab League delegation to the United States, this week.
The PA Minister of Housing and Public Works said, "Our position is very clear. We want a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with its capital in East Jerusalem." He added, in case a swap, "If we give up one inch, we must have one inch in return."