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  Tishrei 6, 5770 , 24/09/09

Netanyahu, Abbas Stand Fast

Despite the talk coming out of this week's meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and United States President Barack Obama, it appears that Israel and the PA will continue to go through US mediators rather than meet with each other.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reiterated their diplomatic demands on Thursday in interviews with Haaretz and Al-Hayyat, respectively. While Netanyahu expressed optimism following his meeting with Abbas and United States President Barack Obama this week, Abbas said he doubts the PA and Israel will restart talks in the foreseeable future.

Israeli officials expressed surprise at Abbas's demands for a complete freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria, noting that until recently, the PA head has not insisted on a cessation of building prior to negotiations.

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