Itzik meets with Abbas, Jordanian FM in Amman

Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik held separate meetings in Jordan on Sunday with Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul-Illah al-Khatib and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, part of a flurry of activity to restart the stalled Mideast peace process. Itzik's meetings with al-Khatib and Abbas were closed to the media, and few details have emerged. But the Israeli Embassy's press attache, Itai Bardov, said the discussions had focused on ways to restart Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and an Arab peace initiative, which envisions full Arab recognition of Israel in exchange for a return to the 1967 borders. Bardov said Itzik's talks with Abbas had been held in a "warm atmosphere," but declined to provide details.