PLO: Abbas turned down US proposal to meet with Netanyahu

Ahmad Majdalani, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, revealed on Thursday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas turned down a US proposal to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to al-Quds, a Palestinian daily newspaper.

The meeting reportedly would have included the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Al-Quds had reported on Wednesday that a well-placed source said President Abbas rejected the US proposal because he saw it as a clear effort to bypass the French initiative to hold an international peace conference.

Wasel Abu Yousef, another member of the PLO Executive Committee, added in a conversation with The Jerusalem Post that the Palestinian leadership has a clear position regarding any meeting with the Israeli prime minister.

“The Palestinian position is that any meeting or political move should be paralleled by a settlement freeze in the occupied territories and the release of the fourth batch of prisoners, which Netanyahu refused to release during the last round of negotiations,” Abu Yousef said.

The Palestinian leadership has recently put its full support behind the French initiative to hold an international peace conference. It hopes that it will create new mechanism for the peace process including a timeline to end the conflict and Israel’s military rule over the Palestinian territories.

For its part, the Israeli government has strongly rejected the French initiative, saying that it prefers “direct and bilateral negotiations.”

More recently, Netanyahu has said he would entertain the idea of amending the Arab Peace Initiative, which calls for a two-state solution.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Abbas last met in Paris in mid-July to discuss ways to advance the peace process.

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