By Ted Belman
Newswise, there is not much to report today. But one thing I found of interest. Abbas met with members of Meretz and most online news sources reported it. Everyone had a different takeaway.
For me the most interesting thing is that Israel is in no hurry and is slowing the pace of negotiations. She has also barred the US from being present. I didn’t she had the right.
But WAFA reports:
Finally the US has guaranteed that she would not allow for any interim solutions before a final status agreement is signed. Very interesting. I thought Israel wanted an interim agreement and I was worried that she would agree to abandon many settlements.
INN had this to say:
The PA chairman criticized Israel’s behavior around the resumption of negotiations, saying, according to Channel 2, “I wanted there to be daily meetings or at most every two days, because our time is limited, but Israel refused.” He also claimed that Israel had refused to allow active American involvement in the discussions.
Abbas expressed disappointment at the fact that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has not met with him and told the Meretz members that he sent Netanyahu a message several times, indicating his readiness to meet with him face to face, as he had done with former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (whooffered Abbas an unprecedented offer to which Abbas has yet to respond).
The meeting between Abbas and the Meretz members comes several days after the latest meeting between Israeli and PA negotiators, as part of the current round of peace talks.