Abbas renews call to Israel to renew negotiations

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to renew negotiations with Israel immediately, his top aide said Tuesday, after exit polls predicted an election victory for acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Olmert is seen as favoring unilateral Israeli action, particularly with a Hamas government poised to take power in the Palestinian territories, and wants to draw Israel's final borders by 2010. "We're ready to go into direct and immediate negotiations to implement the (US-backed) road map if the Israeli government is ready," said Abbas aide Nabil Abu Rdeneh. "We hope to see an Israeli government ready to implement the road map." Abbas is attending the Arab Summit in Sudan.