Peretz to meet with Abbas in Jericho on Thursday

Labor Party Chairman, Mk Amir Peretz, will meet with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Jericho on Thursday. Officials from Labor said the meeting constitutes a continuation of diplomatic efforts instigated by Peretz, which began with his visit to Morocco and his meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak some two weeks ago. The purpose of the meeting with Abbas is to create a diplomatic channel that will strengthen the moderate elements in the Palestinian Authority.