Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's envoy, Yitzhak Molcho, met with
representatives of the Quartet on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Prime
Minister's Office said.Abu
Rudaineh called on Lieberman to look around and see the "Arab
revolutions that have brought down presidents while hundreds of
thousands of our people support our president and his policies."
Molcho and the representatives discussed
ways to resume direct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority,
according to the Quartet's outline, spokesman Ofir Gendelman said. He
added that the parties would schedule another meeting to continue the
Quartet officials coming to restart peace talks
Quartet wants border proposals from Israel, PA
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday accused Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of inciting against PA President Mahmoud Abbas with the purpose of "completely destroying the peace process."
Nabil Abu Rudaineh, a spokesman for Abbas, said that Lieberman's campaign against the PA president was also aimed at damaging efforts of the Quart members - the US, EU, UN and Russia - to restive the stalled peace negotiations between the two sides.
"Lieberman wants to end the role of the Quartet in the region," Abu Rudaineh charged. "The Quartet's efforts have been met with Israeli intransigence, including refusal to stop construction in the settlements and recognize the 1967 borders as the basis for negotiations."
Lieberman's campaign against Abbas, he added, is an "unacceptable and
sick policy and it will only rally our people behind President Abbas."
Quartet officials flew into the region to hold separate meetings in
Jerusalem with Israeli and Palestinian representatives in an effort to
convince the latter to agree to a direct meeting.
The latest effort at restarting negotiations comes three days after the
sides missed a deadline for the first direct meeting the Quartet called
for in its framework for returning to talks, which it released at the UN
on September 23. That framework calls for an agreement between the two
sides by the end of 2012.
On the eve of the Quartet meetings, an Israeli government source said
that Israel embraced the Quartet call “for a resumption of talks without
preconditions, and hope that the Quartet officials will expedite that
Asked about various reports over the last few days that Netanyahu might
be willing to curtail settlement construction to bring the Palestinians
back to the negotiating table, the official would say only that as the
diplomatic process progresses, “Israel will be willing to show good
Herb Keinon contributed to this report