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The head of the Palestinian delegation to Middle East talks Friday welcomed Israel's readiness to trade land for peace but said it had not offered enough to satisfy his people's demands.

Faisal Husseini also threatened to raise the explosive issue of East Jerusalem at the Washington talks if Israel continued to change the sector's Arab character.In a sharp contrast to his right-wing predecessor, Yitzhak Shamir, new Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said Wednesday that Israelis should "cast off delusions of a religion of a Greater Land of Israel."

"I believe this is a good position in the right direction. We need more courageous positions from Mr. Rabin to push the peace process," Husseini told a news conference.

He was in Jakarta for a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement as a member of the Palestine delegation led by PLO chief Yasser Arafat. It was his first appearance with Arafat at an international conference.

Israel refuses to deal with Arafat or his Palestine Liberation Organization, branding it a terrorist group.