Palestinian and Israeli officials are giving conflicting reports about progress on the upcoming peace parley.
Quoting a â€œsenior government official,â€ the Israeli daily Haâ€™aretz reported that Israel is prepared to make a joint declaration with the Palestinians that â€œwill address all core issues,â€ including Jerusalem, refugees and permanent borders.
The remarks came on the heels of a statement Wednesday by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinians will not attend the planned November peace conference in Annapolis, Md., â€œat any priceâ€ because the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have failed to make progress.
Ahmed Qureia, the former Palestinian prime minister who is leading the negotiations, told reporters there is â€œno crisis at allâ€ in the talks between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators.
Meanwhile, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said in a press conference Thursday that the peace talks must be completed before next summerâ€™s Democratic and Republican national conventions, when the U.S. president will become busy with upcoming elections, calling it â€œa timeline whether Israel likes it or not.â€
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