President Mahmoud Abbas to meet Israeli Deputy Prime Minister to resume peace talks

President Mahmoud Abbas to meet Israeli Deputy Prime Minister to resume peace talks

Ramallah : Palestine | Jun 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM PDT
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Less than 24 hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Palestinian territories and Israel, a Palestinian official said that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet the Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz on Sunday.

The official told Xinhua news that the meeting will focus on the prospect of resuming the Palestinian Authority-Israeli talks that have been stalled since 2010.

The official added that the two leaders would hold the meeting in the occupied West Bank city of Jericho.

Meanwhile, Israel's Channel two reported that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the meeting a go-ahead in order to keep Mofaz's Kadima party in the governing coalition.

Shaul Mofaz, head of the Kadima party, joined the coalition led by Benjamin Netanyahu last month, and he has been calling for a meeting with Abbas since then.

Direct negotiations last broke down weeks after they had started in September 2010. Abbas left talks when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a partial freeze on illegal settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian leadership says they cannot negotiate while Israel continues expanding settlements on the land slated for a Palestinian state.

On Wednesday, President Mahmoud Abbas’ Political Advisor, Nimer Hammad, told the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) that the holding of an upcoming meeting between Abbas and Mofaz is still uncertain.

Yesterday, during the visit to Bethlehem, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has urged Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks in order to have their decades-old conflict put behind them as soon as possible.

Despite the news of the imminent resumption of negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the facts on the ground are very different as Ynet news reported that a security guard at at the illegal Maale Adumim settlement near Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank shot and seriously injured a Palestinian man. The wounded, whose name remains unknown, was shot in the stomach and was taken by Israeli ambulance to Hadasa hospital in Jerusalem and his condition was described critical.

According to Israeli police, the victim was shot while trying to snitch the weapon of one of the guards.

Every time the Israeli army or the police mention that the cause of fire is an attack on settlers or settlement guard, we can not confirm the incident through an independant mediator.


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Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and Shaul Mofaz, head of Kadima party, leave after a joint news conference in Jerusalem
Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and Shaul Mofaz, head of Kadima party, leave after a joint news conference in Jerusalem
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