Report: At Meeting with Obama, Abbas Refused to Commit to “End the Conflict” with Israel (Times of Israel)
At his meeting with President Obama in Washington last week, PA President Mahmoud Abbas rejected Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework document for continued peace talks with Israel, and said “no” on core issues, Israel Channel 2 TV reported Friday, quoting American and Israeli sources.
Specifically, Abbas rejected Prime Minister Netanyahu’s demand that he recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
He also refused to abandon the Palestinian demand for a “right of return” for millions of Palestinians and their descendants, and refused to commit to an “end of conflict,” under which a peace deal would represent the termination of any further Palestinian demands of Israel.
See alsoNetanyahu: No Sign of Progress in Diplomatic Process – Herb Keinon and Khaled Abu Toameh (Jerusalem Post)
The Palestinians are refusing to budge on the issue of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state and forfeiting the “right of return,” but “we are continuing to work with the Americans,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday.
See alsoWashington Reportedly Fears Collapse of Peace Talks (Times of Israel)
The Obama administration is very concerned that the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks could collapse soon, and is working to find a solution that would allow the talks to continue beyond the April deadline, Israel Radio reported Sunday.
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