Martin Indyk, who serves as the State Department’s special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian peace, presented the outline of Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework for a peace deal on a conference call with American Jewish leaders, the Times of Israel reports. The framework would allow 75%-80% of current Israeli settlers in the West Bank to stay within Israel’s future boundaries, and would give the rest an opportunity to be Palestinian citizens.
The latter proposal was at the heart of a major political controversy in Israel this week. Other provisions of the deal that are likely to be controversial include the security arrangements in the Jordan Valley. That debate was at the core of a recent spat between Kerry and Israel’s Minister of Defense. Palestinians are also unlikely to be happy with the deal, and have already begun signaling an appetite for further conflict, inviting Iran to intervene.