Could Peace Talks Begin Again in Jordan?

Knesset Committee Chairman Tzachi Hanegbi indicates a diplomatic summit may be afoot - if Abbas agrees to attend.

Tova Dvorin ,

Jordan's King Abdullah and Mahmoud Abbas
Jordan's King Abdullah and Mahmoud Abbas
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Peace talks may restart again in the near future, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee MK Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud) said Friday - this time, via a diplomatic summit in Jordan. 

"I suppose there are officials here who are trying to bring calm, and there may be a meeting in Jordan," Hanegbi said on Army Radio. "But for as long as Palestinians are unable to produce this kind of leader, who knows how to respond to the outstretched hand of the Israeli public, the situation will continue to be miserable and gloomy." 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry would meet at such a summit, Hanegbi indicated - in the event it happens at all. 

On Thursday, Netanyahu stated he was "open" to negotiations with Abbas, but emphasized that Abbas is not open to peace talks with Israel. 

"I'm willing to meet him (Abbas), he's not willing to meet me. Get with the program," emphasized the prime minister, rebutting a question about whether he would be willing to meet the PA chairman. "You should direct your questions to him."

Netanyahu qualified, however, that he would put peace talks on the table in the event Abbas would be able to calm the terror wave which has engulfed Israel.