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PM Netanyahu on Continuing Peace Talks With Palestinians: ‘Signs Are Not Good’

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that “[t]he signs are not particularly good [for the possibility of continuing talks with the Palestinians], but I hope they will rebound and we can make progress.”

Netanyahu placed much of the blame for the failure of recent negotiations in Jordan on the Palestinians, saying “they have refused to discuss with us our security needs.”

 

Abbas: No Progress in Amman

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

PA president Mahmoud Abbas announced that the ongoing exploratory peace talks with Israel have ended without any progress,  but allowed the possibility of continuing the low-level discussions.

Israel has professed its desire to continue the talks, while analysts agree that Abbas is under growing pressure to continue the dialogue.

The Quartet declared in October 2011 that it expected the parties to submit detailed proposals on borders and security arrangements by January 26, 2012.

The low-level talks of the past three weeks have been an attempt to agree on a framework for direct negotiations.

 

Peace Talks Over, Abbas Says

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

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.

Report: Palestinians Demand Prisoner Release to Continue Talks

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Palestinian negotiators have demanded the release of senior terror leaders in Israeli prison in order to continue talks with Israel, the Gulf News reported Wednesday.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are currently meeting in Amman to agree on a formula for moving onto direct negotiations. The Quartet had imposed a deadline that is set to expire Thursday.

The report quoted a senior Fatah official as saying that “[a] Palestinian approval to direct negotiations, a two-month extension to the Quartet deadline and the continuation of the Amman exploratory meetings is possible only if Palestinian prisoners are released.”

The Palestinians are reportedly seeking the deportation of Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti and Ahmed Sa’adat, secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Report: Jordan Considering Diplomatic Sanctions on Israel Over Palestinians

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

King Abdullah of Jordan has insinuated that relations between Israel and Jordan may suffer if Israel does not facilitate progress with the Palestinians in Jordan, according to the Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper.

The report stated that Abdullah was able to convince PA president Mahmoud Abbas to hold discussions in Amman by intimating that Jordan would consider diplomatic sanctions if Israel failed to “demonstrate it is willing to make significant concessions which will allow the Palestinian leadership to justify their return to the negotiating table.”

Palestinians Again Consider Bypassing Peace Talks For UN

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

The Palestinian Authority is again entertaining ending bilateral meetings with Israel and turning the matter to the UN.

Frustrated with the Israeli delegation’s refusal to agree to a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria before resuming peace talks, PA President Mahmoud Abbas may approach the UN to demand an end to construction, a senior Palestinian official told Al Hayat newspaper.

The official said the fourth and final meeting between Israeli envoy Itzik Molho and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, scheduled for January 25, would be critical because it would determine whether or not the two parties will move to direct negotiations.

Convicted Terror Leader Appointed PA Advisor On Eve of Negotiations

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Monday appointed a convicted terrorist as his advisor for local governments on Monday, the eve of the PA’s internationally-brokered meeting with an Israeli representative in Amman.

Mahmoud Awad Damra, “Abu Awad”,  was released from his 15 year prison sentence in October as part of Israel’s deal with Hamas to exchange 1,027 convicted criminals and terrorists for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.  Damara is the former commander of the PA presidential guard, Force 17, established by former PLO chief Yasser Arafat.  Damara was arrested outside of Ramallah and convicted in 2006 for his role in planning and coordinating numerous terror attacks, choosing locations, training killers, and supplying weapons.  His victims include US citizens Esh-Kodesh Gilmore and Rabbi Binyamin and Talia Kahane.

Rabbi Kahane was the son of the controversial Jewish activist Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was also murdered in 1990.  The “presidential decree” promoting Damra came just 2 days after the 11th anniversary of the murders of Binyamin and Talia, whose 6 children are now being raised by Talia’s sister.

Two years ago, while Damra was in prison, Abbas promoted him to the rank of major-general.  Damra served only a third of his sentence prior to release.

Israeli and Palestinian representatives will meet for the first time in 16 months to determine whether and how diplomatic negotiations would proceed.  Expectations from both sides have been reported as low.

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