Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Abbas does what he is 'expected' to do ...

Via Friday-Lunch-Club

... and his 'indirect talks' ploy (2 weeks) is Abbas vintage!
Haaretz/ here
"Following heavy international pressure, Mahmoud Abbas agreed to the U.S. proposal to hold talks with Israel .......

Abbas is inclined to respond positively to the American proposal, as a refusal would shed negative light on the Palestinian position.

Senior Israeli officials noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes the talks will begin in late February and will result in the resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority....
Abbas returned last week from a trip to Europe, where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The two European leaders, who had coordinated their stance with Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, relayed a clear message to Abbas: that they expected him to resume negotiations with Israel as soon as possible. ....
The prime minister stressed to the U.S. administration that the indirect talks be limited in terms of length of time, not exceeding two to three weeks.
"I want to reach direct talks with the Palestinians," Netanyahu said during his meeting with Moratinos last week. "I have no problem with proximity talks or indirect negotiations. I look at this as a ladder that will enable the Palestinians to climb down from the tree, and as a corridor that will lead to high-level talks."
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