Top Palestinian official confirms Mofaz to meet Abbas
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Top Palestinian official confirms Mofaz to meet Abbas

Palestinian president will host Vice PM in Ramallah on Sunday; officials doubt breakthrough possible

Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz will try and restart negotiations with the Palestinians. (photo credit: Uri Lenz/FLASh90)
Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz will try and restart negotiations with the Palestinians. (photo credit: Uri Lenz/FLASh90)

A senior Palestinian official said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet next week with Israel’s new vice prime minister in an effort to restart long-stalled peace talks.

Head Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat told Voice of Palestine Radio on Thursday that Abbas would meet with Shaul Mofaz in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday.

Mofaz spokesman Imri Mazor said efforts were being made to arrange a meeting but he did not specify a date.

Yedioth Aharonoth reported Wednesday that Palestinian officials were doubtful the meeting would create a meaningful opening for top-level peace talks.

“Israel knows the conditions we have to restart the peace talks, which include a halt on settlement construction and negotiations on the basis of 1967 borders. To our regret, the government that Mofaz has joined is acting against these principles,” a Palestinian official told Yedioth.

Hamas officials are reportedly lobbying for the meeting to be canceled.

Negotiations have been frozen for more than three years because the Palestinians refuse to resume talks unless Israel ends settlement construction on land they claim for a future state.

Israel wants talks to start without any preconditions and says all issues should be resolved through negotiations.

 

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