US, EU pressuring PA to renew peace talks with Israel

The Palestinian Authority leadership is under pressure from the international community to resume the peace talks with Israel, a Palestinian official was quoted on Saturday as saying.

The official told the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that the several countries have also expressed their desire to see a summit between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The official said that following the recent Israeli general election several European countries have come up with new ideas for reviving the peace process.
Some of these countries have even hinted that they would reduce financial aid to the Palestinians as part of the pressure to persuade the PA to agree to the resumption of the peace talks, the official said. One of the ideas being floated around calls for holding a summit between Abbas and Netanyahu in a European country or the US in order to exchange ideas about the stalled peace talks, the official added.

Meanwhile, Chief PLO Negotiator Saeb Erekat again attacked the new coalition government in Israel, claiming it came to “bury the two-state solution.”


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