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  Av 13, 5767 , 27/08/07

Olmert and Abbas to Meet to Discuss Final Agreement

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas are scheduled to meet tomorrow in Jerusalem to discuss a final status agreement between Israel and the PA. Abbas recently said he opposes the idea of population exchanges between Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and Israeli Arabs as part of an accord. The idea was originally proposed by Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Members of the opposition are fearful that Olmert may agree to far reaching concessions in order to win favor with the legal and political establishment. They say Olmert’s unpopularity and the large number of corruption scandals threatening his government make him susceptible to outside pressure.

Polls show that the large majority of Israelis oppose more territorial concessions and don’t believe the two leaders are capable of reaching an agreement.

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