Abbas Denies Upcoming Meeting with Netanyahu
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas denied on Thursday the reports that he would meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu later this month.
Kol Yisrael reported that Abbas, who spoke in a television interview, said that a meeting with Netanyahu is not on the agenda at the moment.
Earlier this week there had been reports that Israeli and PA negotiators will meet for the first time since talks held in Jordan two months ago ended in failure.
There were also reports that Netanyahu is expected to meet with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad after Passover.
Sources in the PMO said that the two leaders will discuss the possibility of re-starting the long-moribund peace process.
Abbas, during Thursday’s interview, confirmed the meeting between Netanyahu and Fayyad and said that during the meeting, Fayyad will give Netanyahu a letter Abbas has written to the Israeli prime minister.
Abbas also said that the letter outlines the peace process since the Oslo Accord were signed and says that “the Palestinian Authority no longer feels like an authority."
Kol Yisrael quoted Abbas as having said on Thursday that the PA is impatient when it sees how “settlements ate up the land of the Palestinians.”
Peace talks between Israel and the PA have been frozen since Jordan hosted the series of “exploratory meetings”. The PA refused to continue to talk after those meetings and Abbas continued to impose preconditions on negotiations.