Negotiations Continue - For Now
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, US mediator Martin Indyk, and Palestinian Authority Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat are meeting in Jerusalem Wednesday night, a source revealed to Walla! News, in another last-ditch effort to salvage failing peace talks.
"The chances are slim, but we'll keep trying," the source stated Wednesday.
Earlier Wednesday, Livni declared her determination to return to the negotiating table - despite the PA's defiant move to apply for legitimacy at fifteen international organizations.
"Not the Palestinians, nor anyone else can dictate to us whether or not we are fighting for peace," she continued. "Even when peace seems very far away, and when the other side's conduct is wrong [. . .] we will return to the negotiating table, we are obligated to return to talks."
Talks faltered over the weekend after Israel refused to release Palestinian Arab terrorists, with Netanyahu saying that it would "topple the government."
Ongoing controversy over the failing peace talks stems around the fourth batch of terrorist releases, as MKs point out that the previous releases have done nothing to further talks, and that several of the released terrorists have contributed to the increase in terror attacks over the past year. The release of terrorists as a "goodwill gesture" was contingent on progress in talks, which has not been forthcoming as the PA refuses to budge on core issues such as recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.
Erekat stated last month that Abbas was staying in talks solely for the sake of the terrorist releases, prompting Israeli officials to reconsider completing the deal - which has always been contingent on real progress in the talks.