In a new report from the Associated Press, anonymous officials who previously worked for former President Obama dropped details about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu originally rejecting a proposed peace deal.
The report released on Sunday claims that in February 2016, a secret meeting was convened in Aqaba, Jordan with former Sec. of State John Kerry, King Abdullah II of Jordan, President el-Sissi of Egypt, and Netanyahu.
According to the AP and Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the proposed plan by Kerry and U.S. officials involved an Israeli-Palestinian peace solution that would have Netanyahu withdraw ownership of territories seized in the 1967 Arab–Israeli War.
The secret proposal would also label Jerusalem as a shared capital for Israelis and Palestinians and would permit a “right to return” for Palestinian refugees who lost properties in regions now occupied by Israel.
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The Egyptian and Jordanian leaders reportedly accepted the terms of the deal. However, Netanyahu, in his interest of ensuring Israel continues to be regionally recognized as a Jewish state, rejected the offer.
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