A report in The Sunday Times
on Sunday said President Shimon Peres "paved the way" for the agreement announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday, for the resumption of peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis.
Citing unnamed Israeli and Palestinian sources, the Times
reported that Peres met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman for secret talks where Peres convinced him to accept that "West Bank settlers and Jewish residents of East Jerusalem could remain in their settlements but be subject to the Palestinian state."
According to the sources, Peres pressured the Palestinian leader to accept this condition "as the minimum that he needed to convince Netanyahu to give his blessing to the talks."
Peres met last May with Abbas on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea.