PA letter to ask Israel’s position on peace talks


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will send a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking Israel to state its position regarding restarting peace talks.

The letter, which reportedly will be delivered to Netanyahu as soon as he returns from his visit to North America, will accuse Israel of harming the process by not fulfilling its obligations under current agreements and inform Israel what steps the Palestinian Authority requires of Israel in order to be willing to restart talks.

The Palestinian Authority’s decision whether to rejoin talks will depend on the Israeli response to the letter, Haaretz reported. 

The steps reportedly include stopping all construction in settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Also, the Ma’an Palestinian news service reported Sunday that Jordan’s foreign minister will outline the Palestinian Authority’s conditions for returning to the negotiating table in another letter to Israel, citing the Al-Arabiya Arabic satellite channel.

The document will include a demand that Israel accept a two-state solution based on 1967 borders with "limited" land swaps, a halt to all settlement building and the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh will deliver the letter after it is reviewed by the United States, Ma’an reported.

Jordan hosted five meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in January, which ended with no agreement to resume negotiations.

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