Report: Abbas drops demand for settlement freeze under US pressure


Bethlehem –  Two key Israeli officials will head to Washington on Wednesday for continued talks leading up to renewed peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, reportedly without the pre-condition of a settlement freeze.

Aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attorney, Yitzhak Molcho, and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s chief of staff Michael Herzog will attend the talks with US Middle East envoy George Mitchell and senior White House officials, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The article also noted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had dropped the pre-condition of a settlement construction halt under US pressure. In exchange for the pressure for easing Abbas’ demand on settlements, the Israeli daily reported, US President Barack Obama promised Abbas that the Palestinian viewpoint will be taken into consideration in forming the “framework” for the negotiations.

The same article noted Abbas had significantly weakened his negotiating stance, citing a hand shake between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting with Obama in New York.

The coming talks will continue until 15 October, when Obama instructed Mitchell and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to report to him on progress in the talks, in hopes that a framework for renewed negotiations will be reached by then. Chief Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) negotiator Saeb Erekat will also be in Washington, though it is not clear whether he will participate in the talks.

Next week Mitchell will return to Israel and meet with Netanyahu and Barak.

The Palestinian negotiating team wants to resume negotiation from the point reached in talks with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Netanyahu argues he is not bound by Olmert’s proposals.

According to Haaretz, the Palestinians also want the negotiations to focus on the principle of a solution based on the 1967 borders, while Netanyahu strongly disagrees.

Finally, PA negotiators are reportedly demanding a two-year deadline for the achievement of a permanent agreement, while Israel objects.

Source via Uruknet


  1. Ron said,

    September 29, 2009 at 18:53

    LOL .. Abbas, what a sham. You are fraud and do not represent the Palestinians … you are just a money hungry traitor!

  2. Joe Gall said,

    September 29, 2009 at 21:06

    “viewpoint will be taken into consideration”

    and promptly tossed.

    Palestinians, stop talking to the zio filth and their USA flunkies.

  3. B. BENHAMID said,

    September 29, 2009 at 21:32

    This is the fault of most Arab Governments to allow and continue to have this clown represent the Palestinian Arab People.
    Mahmoud Abbas is long overdue to make way for some real leadership that
    could and must benefit the Palestinians. This is the only way forward for a meaningful progress in the region.

  4. TruthSeeker said,

    September 29, 2009 at 23:49

    If this news is true, then Abbas has already sold out palestine to Israel for step (1). For step (2), Israel will cunningly pull the rug from under the Palestinian feet inch by inch.

    I never trusted Abbas; a man who came recommended by both Israel and the USA who rejected the legaly and democratically elected HAMAS. Well, it is said in my culture: “Those who are protecting it are the one and the same who are robbing it” (Hamiha, haramiha).

    If things go this way, then I predict:1. Bye, byePalestinian cause, or 2. a hell of a lot ofblood will be shed, because I know that there are many palestinians who will not agree, and will not sit on their butts doing nothing.

    A thousand shame on you Mahmoud Abbas. Histroy will remember you as a traitor who betrayed his people.

  5. Ana said,

    September 30, 2009 at 10:14

    I am saddened by this recent development after Abbas spoke so well to the UN just a week before…I am an American living in the Middle East, married to a Palestinian and I am just hoping that Obama can help with something. Not all of us Americans are bad. Many of us are on Palestine’s side… But please remember that the damage that our former (ugh) “president” caused cannot be fixed overnight. We have a lot to make up for, I know this. As an American, proud Palestinian supporter, I disagree about Abbas’s decision to drop the settlement halt before peace talks. Palestine viewpoint should ALWAYS be included in the framework REGARDLESS because the talks are between Israel and Palestine NOT Israel, Palestine, and the US…this was NOT a fair compromise at all! I am ashamed though I know that President Obama is sympathetic to Palestine…I am hoping for the best, even though my husband says there is no hope and there will be no peace. It’s such a complicated situation. Abbas isn’t furthering things in the right direction, and I hope that will change.

  6. deportjoe said,

    September 30, 2009 at 11:59

    You have to feel sorry for the man He got to much pressure from the zionist

  7. petr vojta said,

    September 30, 2009 at 16:24

    Abbas should end up like Mussolini and his girlfriend……full stop!!!

  8. Benny Adam said,

    September 30, 2009 at 16:25

    Everyone knows he is their man.

    The reasoning for this is simple:
    They are “negotiating” with him. If he wasn’t their man, he would be filed under T for terrorist and would be on their hitlist.

    Anyone struggling against the ideals of the zionists is branded with a T or better yet, is Anti-Semitic!

    He is neither and he is getting rich selling out his people and I pray that God has an extra special place set aside for “people” like him.

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