The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC ) said on Monday that it welcomed the renewal of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, provided that these proximity talks lead rapidly and without precondition to direct, bilateral negotiations between the parties.
"We share the administration's goal for these talks to serve as a means to that end," said AIPAC in a statement. "Only sitting together, talking face-to-face, leader-to-leader will lead to peace, reconciliation and the end of all claims. Direct, bilateral negotiations are the path to peace. "
AIPAC called on the PA to "drop the pretense and the preconditions" and engage in direct negotiations without delay.
"Now it is time – well past time – for the Palestinians and the Arab States to grasp Israel's outstretched hand, and sit down, face-to-face, in pursuit of peace," continued the statement.