Amman talks with Blair_311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
A second round of Israeli-Palestinian talks was held in Amman on Monday under
an almost total media blackout.
While Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser
Judeh briefed reporters after the resumption of the talks last week, the first
time the sides had met directly in 15 months, this time neither he nor the
Israeli or Palestinian side provided a readout of the
Israeli officials have said the more the talks were held
away from the public eye, the better chance they had for success.
sides agreed at the last meeting not to talk publicly about the substance of the
talks, and let the Jordanians serve as the spokesmen. That agreement was, for
the most part, honored by both sides, with criticism of the other party – or the
very existence of the talks – coming from Palestinians and Israeli politicians,
not those actually involved in the discussions themselves.
officials said before the beginning of Monday’s meeting that other talks have
already been scheduled. There is no indication yet, however, when, and if, Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Representatives of the Quartet– the US, EU, Russia and the UN –
were not present in Monday’s discussions, although they were the week before.