Palestinians will resume peace talks with Israel next week

Palestinians will resume peace talks with Israel next week

Jerusalem : Israel | Apr 05, 2012 at 5:44 AM PDT
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Prime Minister of Israel Binyamin Netanyahu at AIPAC 2012

Palestinian source said on Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad next week following a long standstill in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

According to the source, 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.

Israeli and PLO envoys held five meetings in Amman, Jordan, on Jan. 26, but the preliminary talks failed to yield full scale negotiations.

The Palestinian delegation will include top negotiator Saeb Erekat and Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary Yasser Abd Rabbo.

The Palestinian delegation will deliver a letter from President Mahmoud Abbas to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which Abbas will outline the PLO's position on the peace process and remind the Israeli government of previous accords and international agreements. Abbas would restate the PLO's position that it will not negotiate with Israel while it builds Jewish-only settlements on occupied land, which would become a Palestinian state in a peace agreement.

The text of the message is due to be taken up by the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, and Netanyahu’s special envoy, Yitzhak Molho, later today.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu will reply to Abbas demanding he returns to negotiations without preconditions, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Thursday.

A senior Israeli official told Haaretz daily that Netanyahu will stress that Abbas must recognize Israel as a Jewish state and agree to security arrangements in any peace agreement.

The official said Netanyahu would finalize his response once he receives Abbas' letter.

The last round of direct peace negotiations collapsed in September 2010 when Netanyahu refused to extend a partial freeze on illegal settlement building.

Settlements are illegal under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention t which Israel is a signatory.

East Jerusalem was occupied by Israel, along with the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, after the 1967 six-day war. International Law, and numerous U.N. resolutions, recognize it an occupied city.

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Palestinians will resume peace talks with Israel next week
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saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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