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May 24, 2016 10:56 am

Palestinian Authority Rejects Netanyahu’s Proposal for Direct Peace Talks

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, pictured. The PA has rejected Prime Minister Netanyahu's call for direct peace talks. Photo: Wikipedia.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, pictured. The PA has rejected Prime Minister Netanyahu’s call for direct peace talks. Photo: Wikipedia.

Palestinian representatives Monday rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to hold direct talks in Paris next month.

“Direct negotiations with Mr. Netanyahu in the past have proven to be fruitless; why repeat the same mistakes?” Jamal Dajani, the director of communications for Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, said ahead of a meeting between Hamdallah and visiting French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in Ramallah Tuesday.

Read full story at the International Business Times.

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  • Ted U.

    So here you have two sides that need to enter direct negotiations in order to bring about a peaceful solution to the issues at hand. One of the sides keeps on requesting meetings and being denied. The other side seems to do everything in its power to avoid direct negotiations. It seems (and likely is) an effort to de-legitimize Israel and make them look like the bad guy.

    So the question is, why don’t we see this anywhere in the news?
    I watch almost every news report here in the United States and I don’t see anything about this.

    I know the answer but I’m just venting I guess.
    Someone needs to make it stop. Maybe the lobby can bribe CNN to get them to air this? We know they aren’t credible so why not bribe them?

  • Jay Lavine

    Yes, direct talks did fail, despite Livni’s efforts as Israel’s negotiator. I seem to recall that the PA violated the agreement not to disclose anything about the negotiations until they were over. Regardless of who was at fault, the talks failed and further direct talks would likely fail as well.

    Mediation, which would require both parties’ approval of any peace plan, seems worth a try. That’s why we have marriage counselors: two parties in a broken relationship find it very difficult to talk directly to each other in the absence of a mediator and nothing gets accomplished!

    The question is who the mediator would be. Al-Sisi has volunteered his help, and he probably would not be a bad choice if both parties agreed to that role for him. Here’s another suggestion: how about an Israeli Arab on Israel’s negotiating team? He’s not a diplomat but someone like the journalist Khaled Abu Toameh would be great.

    Yes, there are other problems such as the lack of unity between Fatah and Hamas, but, who knows, if the PA were to negotiate earnestly, Hamas just might decide to join in to avoid being left out in the cold.

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