Abbas to send 'mother of all letters' to Netanyahu
PA president writing letter on future of the peace process, set to blame Israel for failure of Oslo Accords.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is about to send Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu the “mother of all letters” regarding the future of the peace process, a PA official in Ramallah said Sunday.The official said the letter was not ready yet and that Abbas has so far completed the “historic introduction” in which he details the major reasons behind the failure of the Oslo Accords.The Palestinian leadership is scheduled to hold a meeting in Ramallah on Wednesday to discuss the content of the letter, which will also be sent to the UN secretary-general.The letter will hold Israel fully responsible for the failure of the peace process because it did not stop construction in the settlements and east Jerusalem, and refused to accept the pre-1967 lines as the basis for a two-state solution, the official said.The official added that the letter would be brought to the attention of the US administration and some EU countries before it is delivered to Netanyahu.The Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV station said last weekend that Abbas was planning to send the letter to Israel through the Jordanian government.PA Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki said the letter would seek clarifications regarding Israel’s position on the resumption of the peace talks.AdvertisementThe letter will be delivered to Israel as soon as Netanyahu returns from his current visit to the US, Maliki said.Maliki added that Abbas’s letter will blame Israel for failing to fulfill its obligations under the agreements between the two sides. The letter will stress that the Palestinians have fulfilled all their obligations, he said.The Israeli response to the letter will determine whether the Palestinians will return to the negotiating table or not, Maliki said.