Leaks show Netanyahu backing for land swaps

A confidential diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supporting the notion of land swaps with the Palestinians.

The February 26 2009 cable, dated two weeks after Mr Netanyahu was elected, is the first indication of the Israeli leader’s position on that concept.

Mr Netanyahu has been very careful to keep his position on borders close to his chest.

The cable says: “Netanyahu expressed support for the concept of land swaps, and emphasised that he did not want to govern the West Bank and Gaza but rather to stop attacks from being launched from there.”

Mr Netanyahu’s spokesman, Mark Regev, refused to comment.

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