Netanyahu to meet with Fayyad next week (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By AARON KALMAN 04/04/12)
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Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers set to talk after months of
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Palestinian
Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad next week, after a break of
months, it was announced Wednesday.
The two leaders havenít spoken in months, as negotiations and
discourse between the sides have been in a stalemate.
Nimar Hamad, a political adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, told
the Voice of Palestine radio station that the Palestinian delegation
would include a few high-ranking officials, including chief
negotiator Saeb Erekat and the secretary of the PLOís executive
committee, Yasser Abed Rabbo.
Hamad said that the Palestinians would present the Israelis a letter
from President Abbas that would lay out the Palestinian position on
the negotiations. Israel must stop building in the West Bank and
agree to a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, he said.
Netanyahuís spokesperson, Ofir Gendelman, confirmed the meeting via
his Twitter account.
PM Netanyahu will meet w/Pal PM Fayad next week. PM envoy Molcho will
deliver a letter from the PM to president Abbas following the meeting
Haaretz reported on Tuesday that Netanyahu had prepared a letter to
be sent to Abbas, with Israelís demands from the Palestinians,
including the recognition of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish
people and returning to the drawing board with no preconditions.
The report also said Netanyahu was willing to discuss all the issues,
including water, security, refugees and Jerusalem.
In January, Israeli and Palestinian delegates held meetings in
Jordan. Those talks ended without progress and Fayyad blamed Israel
for the failure, saying Israel refused to discuss the issue of future
borders. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 04/04/12)
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