Prime Minister Netanyahu and PA President Abbas 390 (R).
(photo credit: Jason Reed / Reuters)
RAMALLAH - Israeli-Palestinian talks aimed at reviving peace
negotiations ended in Jordan on Wednesday without achieving any progress
and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to consult
fellow Arabs on his next move, Palestinian officials said.
options being considered by the Palestinians include pushing ahead with
United Nations membership and reconciliation with Hamas - moves opposed
"The Israelis brought nothing new in these meetings,"
said one Palestinian official familiar with the talks. "We are now going
to assess our options and will consult our brothers in the Arab League
on February 4."
Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said that there will be no meetings between the parties in Amman next week in order to evaluate the results of the talks, Israel Radio reported. He reportedly confirmed that there are gaps between the sides but said talks were conducted honestly and seriously. Judeh added that negotiation is the best way to achieve a Palestinian state and warned that stagnation has a negative effect.
The talks came as part of a proposal by the
Quartet of Middle East mediators - the United States, European Union,
Russia and the United Nations - which set a three-month deadline last
October for the two sides to make proposals on issues of territory and
The aim is to reach a peace deal by the end of this year.
European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, is on a regional
to nudge Israelis and Palestinians to maintain the talks begun
She has been seeking Israeli confidence-building
measures for Palestinians, including freeing some prisoners and more
freedom in areas of the West Bank held by Israel.
Palestinians held five sessions of talks, in which the Israelis offered a
document comprising 21 points that Abbas had dismissed as worthless.
strong opposition from the United States and Israel, the Palestinian
Authority applied to the UN Security Council last September for UN
membership. But a committee to consider the application failed to reach
consensus, and the Palestinians have not so far requested a formal vote
in the council.