Abbas: We could take 'difficult' steps if talks fail
The first direct meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in over a year gets underway in Amman.
By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
January 3, 2012 17:58
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PA President Abbas with PM Netanyahu 311 (R).
(photo credit: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)
Hours before the first direct talks between Israel and the
Palestinian Authority began in Jordan Tuesday evening, PA President
Mahmoud Abbas said Palestinians
could take unilateral steps if Israel does not agree to halt settlement
building and recognize the borders of a future Palestinian state."If they don't ... there are
measures that we could take. But we will not declare them now because
they have not been finalized. But we will take measures that could be
difficult," Abbas told a group of judges in Ramallah.
ahead the talks in the Jordanian capital, Abbas said
Palestinians were ready to take "difficult" measures, but did not
specify what they were.
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said that if Israel agreed to halt settlement building and recognize
"the vision and borders of the two-state solution," Palestinians would
agree immediately to negotiations.
In Amman Tuesday evening, the first meeting in over a year between Israeli and Palestinian Authority
negotiators got under way. The
first stage of the meeting will involve Quartet representatives, a
Jordanian representative and the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.
Tuesday evening, Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho and PA negotiator
Saeb Erekat were to hold another meeting with only the Jordanian
While the Jordanian initiative was
praised for bringing the two sides together for the first time in over a
year, both Israelis and Palestinians played down expectations for the