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HERE WE GO AGAIN: Abbas Sets New Preconditions for Peace Talks

PA chairman demands terrorist release and “end of occupation” by 2017 as preconditions to restart peace talks.
By Elad Benari, Canada

Hours after a new Israeli government was sworn in, and amid international pressure to resume peace talks, Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Friday announced a new set of preconditions for the resumption of talks.

“A return to the negotiating table requires three basic principles,” Abbas said, according to a Channel 2 News report. “A halt to settlement activities, a release of prisoners – and in particular the fourth batch of the prisoners who were sentenced before the Oslo Accords.”

The third precondition, the report continued, is that the talks must not continue for more than a year.

“The negotiations must continue for one year, and the result will be an end to the occupation by a period not to exceed the end of 2017,” demanded Abbas.

This is certainly not the first time that the PA chief has imposed preconditions on talks with Israel, which has more than once agreed to Abbas’s preconditions only to have him pull out of talks or toughen his position altogether afterwards.

The fourth batch of terrorists were to be released during the previous round of talks last year, but Israel cancelled this “gesture” after the PA requested to join 15 international agencies in breach of the conditions of the peace talks.

Israel subsequently pulled out of the talks…..


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