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(photo credit: Reuters)
So far the Palestinians are only bringing “recycled positions” to the
negotiating table in Amman, Israeli sources said Tuesday.
“Up until now –
and we hope this changes – what the Palestinians have put on the table has not
been as serious as it could have been,” one source said, commenting on the
second round of direct Jordanian- sponsored Israeli- Palestinian talks held in
Amman on Monday.
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‘Document Israel gave PA was just an outline’
The Palestinian negotiators gave Israel their proposals
for security and borders at their first meeting last week, which were believed
to include a call for a full Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines, with a 1.9
percent land swap.
The Israeli side has presented a 21-point document
outlining all the areas upon which there will need to be agreement for an accord
to be signed. According to the Israeli side, this document can serve as a
foundation for a framework agreement.
The sources said Israel wanted to
move forward on the September format laid out by the Quartet that gives the
sides three months to put comprehensive security and border proposals on the
table. The sources rejected the Palestinian interpretation that the clock
had already started ticking, and that these proposals needed to be submitted by
“We are making efforts for the talks to succeed,” one source
said, without elaborating. He added that Israel would like to expand the
talks, and that further discussions were scheduled “in the coming
Parallel to the direct talks in Amman between Israeli negotiator
Yitzhak Molcho and his Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erekat, Quartet
representatives were holding separate talks in Jerusalem with both
Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met
Tuesday with Jordanian King Abdullah II.
Afterward, according to Jordan’s
Petra news agency, Abbas said the Amman talks should be utilized “regardless of
how dim the prospects are.”
In an apparent endorsement of Jordan’s
mediation efforts, US President Barack Obama invited Abdullah for a White House
meeting on January 17.