The Arab Leaders Encourage Talks between the Palestinians and Israel
Thursday the Arab leaders allowed Palestine to sit down at the same table with Israel, after the prime minister of Israel said that they are ready to start the discussions. “In response to the decisions of the Arab League, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that he is willing to commence direct and honest talks with the Palestinian Authority within the next few days,” said a representative from the Israel prime minister’s office. “Through direct negotiations it will become possible to quickly reach a peace agreement between the two nations.”
The Arab League made it clear that is up to the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas to talk with Israel. This decision came after a year and a half of delay peace disputes.
Thursday in Cairo, 13 Arab foreign ministers met at the Arab League Headquarters where President Abbas talked about his indirect discussions. Abbas didn’t want to talk to Israel because of the colonization activity and he said that the Palestinians want to move the border like it was before the war in 1967.
Amr Moussa the Secretary General of the Arab League said to the reporters after the meeting that “we have entered into the final phase of those negotiations. … We are not ready to get again into [a] protracted process of negotiations that would allow procrastination”.
Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani the Prime Minister of Qatar and Moussa are skeptic about the direct talks but agreed to them because of a written document from the president of the US, Barak Obama to give a two years chance to a non aggressive solution.
Moussa declared that “If it is a game, we are in the game”.
Ehud Barak the Defense Minister of Israel accepted the Arab conference conclusion.
A representative from the Defence Minister office in Israel said that “The minister said today in Washington that only direct negotiations would enable progress for a peace agreement and for a two-state solution. Minister Barak added that the negotiations would require difficult and brave decisions by both sides. The minister expressed his hope that the Palestinians understand this as well”.
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