As early as the first days of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank, various Israelis (intelligence officers, reporters and others) met with Palestinian leaders to hear their thoughts about the future. Roughly a month into the occupation, Deputy Director of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Shlomo Hillel prepared a three-page report summarizing the positions expressed by “some of the most important leaders”.

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10 July 1967
To: FM, A. Eban
From: Shlomo Hillel

Re: West Bank residents' thoughts and opinions regarding the future