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Netanyahu says peace deal would leave some settlements in Palestine

Published on Mar 8, 2014 4:57 AM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday raised the possibility that some Jewish settlements would remain under Palestinian sovereignty if the two sides struck a peace deal.

"It is clear that some of the settlements will not be part of a (peace) deal," Mr Netanyahu, wrapping up a visit to the United States, told Israeli television.

"I will not abandon anyone. I will not leave any Israeli unprotected," he added when asked if some West Bank areas with settlements would form part of a future Palestinian state.

The prime minister reiterated that peace with the Palestinians hinged on their recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and ruled out concessions on annexed east Jerusalem where the Palestinians want to set up their future capital.

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