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Over 1,600 Secret Documents on Mideast Conflict Being Released

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DOHA, Qatar) -- Al Jazeera and The Guardian are planning to release more than 1,600 secret documents detailing more than a decade of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, marking what will be the biggest leak of documents since the process began.

Titled The Palestine Papers, the documents include minutes of meetings, e-mails and maps, involving not only Israelis and Palestinians but U.S. officials, as well.

According to Al Jazeera, the documents will be released between Jan. 23 and 26 and were obtained from undisclosed sources.

The documents are expected to reveal that:

-- Palestinians were willing to make massive concessions on Jerusalem behind closed doors.  Palestinians offered Israel the chance to annex many of the settlements in East Jerusalem.  Lead Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said they were offering Israel "the biggest Yerushalayim in history."  However, it was rejected by then-foreign minister Tzipi Livni.

-- The Palestinians were also willing to allow a joint committee to oversee Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount, and willing to accept new "creative ideas."

-- The Palestinian Authority was willing to compromise on the issue of the Palestinian refugees’ right of return.

-- In public, the Palestinian Authority refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, but in private said they would be willing to.

There will also be more on Operation Cast Lead in 2008/2009 and the level of coordination between Palestinian security and Israel, including the Palestinian Authority’s desire to tighten the siege on Gaza.

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