Peres met in secret with Abbas on Sunday

Former prime minister and current Kadima candidate for the Knesset Shimon Peres met in secret with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday, Channel 2 reported on Monday. According to the report, Peres had apparently asked for and received permission to conduct the meeting from Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He reportedly told Olmert the meeting would be limited to economic issues only. The meeting flies in the face of Kadima's declared policy of not meeting with any representatives of a Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority.