Report: Netanyahu, Abbas to Meet (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/05/12)
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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
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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