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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to meet Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas later this month, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Wednesday night, citing officials in the PA.

According to the report, the meeting will take place after Israeli and Palestinian Authority negotiators will meet for the first time since talks held in Jordan two months ago ended in failure.

On Tuesday there were reports of preparations for a meeting between PA negotiator Saeb Erekat and Netanyahu’s envoy Yitzhak Molcho.

According to the Kol Yisrael report, during the meeting Molcho will present the PA delegation with a letter to Abbas. The letter, said the report, will express Israel´s willingness to resume direct negotiations without preconditions and will highlight the need for the PA to recognize Israel at the end of the process as a Jewish state. The letter will also highlight the need to reace a peace settlement that will ensure the security of Israeli citizens.

Earlier this week, Abbas revealed the contents of a letter that he plans to send to Netanyahu, reportedly through Erekat during the meeting with Molcho.

The letter says, according to Abbas’ speech, “Because of you, the Palestinian Authority is no longer an authority. You took all its powers and liabilities. We have nothing left, is that acceptable to you or not?”

Earlier on Wednesday it was reported that Netanyahu is expected to meet with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad after Passover.

Sources in the PMO said that the two leaders will discuss the possibility of re-starting the long-moribund peace process.

Peace talks between Israel and the PA have been frozen since Jordan hosted a series of “exploratory meetings” between Erekat and Molcho. The PA refused to continue to talk after those meetings and Abbas continued to impose preconditions on negotiations.

The PA recently threatened to cancel all agreements signed after 2000 if Israel does not agree to their demands before peace talks. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/05/12)

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