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Peace Talks Over, Abbas Says

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.PA President Mahmoud Abbas and negotiator Saeb Erekat

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared peace talks with Israel over on Wednesday, ending a series of low-level meetings that brought no tangible results despite pressure from the United States, the European Union and the talks’ Jordanian hosts.

The final meeting of five held in Amman between PA representative Saeb Erekat and Israeli representative Yitzhak Molcho broke down over the issue of borders, with the PA insisting on exchanging solid proposals and Israel presenting only maps of areas to be negotiated over in higher-level talks. Palestinians have demanded that the 1967 cease-fire line be considered the border between Israel and a Palestinian state, while Israel has insisted on deviations from that line.

Even before the meeting on Wednesday, PA and Israeli officials declared the talks fruitless, with each side trying to portray the other as the recalcitrant one.

American and European leaders had urged both sides to find common ground on borders, security arrangements and other issues that could set the stage for higher-level negotiations. EU foreign policy chief Catherin Ashton, currently visiting Israel and the PA, stressed European hopes for progress.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II even intimated that failure in the Amman talks would mean worse relations between his kingdom and Israel – possibly including freezing diplomatic ties – in an attempt to pressure Jerusalem.

An official in Jerusalem was quoted as saying that Israel hoped to continue talks with the Palestinians, while Abbas said he would consult with the Arab League on further steps. “We hope that the Palestinians aren’t looking for an excuse to walk away from the table,” the official said.

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2 Responses to “Peace Talks Over, Abbas Says”

  1. Simcha says:

    Wonderful news!!! Now the time has come for Israel to recapture all of the territories including the Gaza Strip which will enable Israel to rebuild Gush Katif so the expelles will be able to return and continue their lives hopefully in a normal fashion and to also recapture the Sinai Peninsula, rebuild Yamit, and never have to worry about where her oil will come from again. This way, Israel will have her own oil without having to buy oil from the enemy and which will greatly reduce the price of gasoline in Israel and possibly in the USA if Israel will agree to sell her oil to the USA at a better price than the enemy. This will enable Israel to truly become an independent nation and not a de facto one. GO FOR IT ISRAEL!!!!!

  2. Sara Mandell says:

    You are so right, Simcha! Let the Children of Israel benefit for a change. Why talk with any of the Arab leaders, who go from a “peace” talk straight to a ‘hate, kill, destroy all Jews” lecture. Should we pretend not to notice & get herded into the Sea? Children of Israel–talk to your G-d, not these Amalek monsters. He gave us these gifts, yes, the price was very high. Yet we turned to these liers & begged for friendship. We could have had the Holy Temple by now & be serving G-d with great joy! But we gave pagan murderers the gift we’d been praying for for 2,000 years, and told G-d we didn’t want to be holy yet. Maybe later…

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