Abdullah: Israeli-Palestinian talks in Jordan are not over

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February 21, 2012 22:41
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The Israeli-Palestinian direct talks that began last month in Jordan are not dead, Jordan's King Abdullah II told a delegation of American Jewish organizational leaders he met in Amman on Tuesday.

Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations which met with the King and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in the Royal Palace, cited Abdullah as saying the talks were not over, and that the coming days would give an indication of where they were headed.

Abdullah initiated talks between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's envoy Yitzhak Molcho and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Jordan last month. The last meeting, however, was held on January 25, and the sides did not set a date for another one.

The Palestinians are demanding that Israel freeze all settlement construction, release some Fatah prisoners, and agree to the 1967 borders as the baseline of future talks in order to continue negotiating.

Israel, for its part, wants to see whether Hamas will indeed join the Palestinian Authority before carrying on discussions. Israel's position is that if Hamas joins the PA government, the talks are off.

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