Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said today he was willing to resume peace negotiations with Israel. Abbas, who spoke at a ceremony at the Russian Diplomatic Academy in Moscow where he received an honorary degree, once again placed preconditions on the resumption of talks.
According to a statement that was published on the PA’s WAFA news agency, Abbas expressed his willingness to resume negotiations for another nine months but place three conditions: that Israel release the fourth batch of terrorists, that the first three months be dedicated to drawing up borders for the future Palestinian state, and that Israel halts construction in Judea and Samaria.
The statements by Abbas, who has for years imposed preconditions on peace talks, are nothing new. In May, shortly after Israel pulled out of the talks, Abbas conditioned a return to talks on Israel releasing the fourth batch of terrorist prisoners and freezing construction in Judea and Samaria for three months.
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