Abbas could stay in talks even if settlement freeze ends

PA president speaks at meeting with American Jewish leaders in New York; appeared to soften previous ultimatum on the settlement issue.

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
September 22, 2010 11:06
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Netanyahu, Clinton, Abbas and Mitchell at dais.

311_Abbas stares down Netanyahu. (photo credit: Associated Press)

WASHINGTON – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas indicated Tuesday night that an end to settlement freeze wouldn’t necessarily scuttle his participation in talks.

Though Abbas has threatened to pull out of the nascent negotiations with Israel should the construction moratorium not be extended, on Tuesday night he told Jewish leaders, “I cannot say I will leave the negotiations, but it’s very difficult for me to resume talks if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declares that he will continue his activity in the West Bank and Jerusalem.”

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