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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Palestine State Plan Denied

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres said in remarks published in newspapers on Friday he rejects the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Peres gave interviews to the daily newspapers Maariv and Haaretz a day after Haaretz said Israeli and Palestinian officials had secretly drafted ideas for ending their conflict that include creating a Palestinian state.

"There's no such thing as a Palestinian state on the agenda and I reject it," Maariv quoted Peres as saying. "We've said more than once we prefer a solution that involves a confederation with Jordan."

The Haaretz report said the two sides, led by Israeli cabinet minister Yossi Beilin and PLO official Mahmoud Abbas, known as Abu Mazen, had drafted a paper on their talks and a map during about 20 meetings.

It said the paper envisaged an unarmed Palestinian state but would allow for Israeli sovereignty over most Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

Beilin confirmed on Thursday that meetings had been held but denied agreements had been reached.

The Maariv newspaper said Peres scolded Beilin over the report in a what the paper described as a "harsh" meeting.