In the third-round of renewed meetings between Israeli and Palestinian delegates on Saturday evening, the parties reportedly agreed to meet again on January 25.
The “exploratory discussions,” being held under the auspices of King Abdullah, are meant to assist the parties in resuming full peace talks by the Quartet’s deadline of January 26. US officials have indicated that the deadline is not set in stone.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in an interview over the weekend, said the most significant thing to emerge from the recent meetings was a commitment to “have continuing negotiations in order to achieve an agreement.”
“We’re prepared to do that, the Palestinians aren’t,” he continued. “They keep piling on preconditions for the beginning of such negotiations. I think this is a mistake.”