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        12/23/2013, Tevet 20, 5774

      Report: American Outline Agreement by Month's End

      Secretary of State John Kerry of the United States will present an outline for an Israel-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace agreement on December 31st, according to a senior Arab League source, quoted Monday by the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency. Muhammad Sabih, who coordinates the league's activities concerning the PA, said PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas updated the league on Kerry's proposal, adding it includes borders for a future PA state.

      According to Sabih, Abbas said the PA won't respond right away. Before a response, the outline will be brought to the Arab League for a vote on whether or not to accept it. He said Abbas will agree to a state with all of eastern Jerusalem as its capital and partial, limited exchanges of land. Abbas also said he would agree to a gradual withdrawal of Israeli troops from areas transferred to the PA but will object to any permanent Israeli presence there. Abbas would be amenable to the presence of an international force.