Report: PA leaders trying to meet Netanyahu

Kuwaiti paper: Fayad, Abbas, believe Olmert's days as PM numbered, see Netanyahu as likely succesor.

Netanyahu pouts like a chimp 248.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Netanyahu pouts like a chimp 248.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad has been trying to coordinate a meeting with Likud chairman and opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu for the past several weeks, the Kuwait-based Al Jareeda reported Saturday. Palestinian sources have told the paper that the two were scheduled to meet in Sharm e-Sheikh last week but the meeting was cancelled due to technical difficulties. A meeting between the two is expected to take place in the coming days. The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the report. According to the report, PA President Mahmoud Abbas and top Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurei were also making efforts to meet Netanyahu. Netanyahu met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last week and discussed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations with him. "The reason Palestinian leaders are 'running' to meet Netanyahu is because they see him as the most likely candidate to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, whose days as prime minister are numbered, following the investigation against him on bribe charges," Palestinian sources told the paper. The sources added that Palestinian leaders were trying to gauge Netanyahu's stance regarding the peace process and to clarify whether there was an option to cooperate with a government led by him. "The Egyptians have invited him to meet with Mubarak for this exact reason, despite the fact that Mubarak prefers Defense Minister Ehud Barak over Netanyahu," the sources said.