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Massive new leak of confidential Palestinian records

Documents show that Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to concede much of East Jerusalem.

The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East conflict reveals that Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to accept Israel's annexation of all except for one of the settlements built in illegally occupied East Jerusalem.

1,600 documents were obtained by al-Jazeera TV and shared exclusively with the Guardian.

The documents cover over a decade of negotiations with Israel and the US and provide an extraordinary insight into the disintegration of the 20-year peace process, revealing the scale of concessions offered by the Palestinians and the confidence of Israeli negotiators.

The Guardian will publish many of the documents, which have been corroborated by former participants in the talks and intelligence and diplomatic sources over the next few days.

The Guardian's coverage is supplemented by WikiLeaks cables, emanating from the US consulate in Jerusalem and embassy in Tel Aviv.

Israeli officials also kept their own records of the talks, which may differ from the confidential Palestinian accounts.

Last night chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the minutes of the meetings were "a bunch of lies and half truths".

However Palestinian former negotiator, Diana Buttu, called on Erekat to resign following the revelations, saying, "Saeb must step down and if he doesn't it will only serve to show just how out of touch and unrepresentative the negotiators are."