Palestinian PM Fayyad pulls out of delegation ahead of meeting with Netanyahu (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Barak Ravid and Avi Issacharoff 04/18/12)
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An Israeli source said on Tuesday that Palestinian Prime Minister
Salam Fayyad will not head the Palestinian delegation scheduled to
meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later in the day.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat is likely to head the delegation
in his stead.
Erekat confirmed that Fayyad will not attend the meeting, adding that
he is on his way to meet Netanyahu together with West Bank
intelligence chief Majed Faraj.
At the meeting, Fayyad was due to present Netanyahu with a missive
from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the stalled
peace talks. Also initially scheduled to take part was PLO Executive
Committee Secretary Yasser Abed Rabbo.
The reason for Fayyad´s cancelation is apparently due to
disagreements with Abbas over the letter.
Around Netanyahu expectations from the meeting are low. Netanyahu’s
advisers refused to divulge any information about the meeting,
including its time and place. At this time there is no intention of
opening any part of the meeting to the media. Apparently, the
Palestinians will hold their own press conference once they return to
According to persons close to Netanyahu, the Israeli premier will
stress that he is interested in personally meeting with Abbas as soon
The sides are expected to set a date for a follow-up meeting, in
Ramallah, between Netanyahu´s envoy Yitzhak Molcho and President
Abbas. At this meeting Molcho will give Abbas Netanyahu’s response,
which will include Netanyahu’s position on the Palestinian State’s
borders and the security measures Israel will demand as a part of the
final settlement with the Palestinians. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz
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