RIA Novosti - Israeli PM to discuss dialogue with Palestinians in Egypt
- RIA Novosti -
3 mai 2010
Israeli PM to discuss dialogue with Palestinians in Egypt
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will on Monday discuss
prospects of indirect dialogue with Palestinians with Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's Information Ministry said.
Netanyahu will arrive in Egypt on a short working visit. According to
official Israeli sources, his purpose will be to convince the Egyptian
leader to influence Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the world to
see progress in the Middle East settlement.
Israel has called on the Palestinian National Authority to resume peace
talks that stalled over a year ago immediately and without any
Palestinians, however, cite ongoing Israeli settlement construction in
the West Bank and East Jerusalem, both occupied by Israel since the 1967
Arab-Israeli War, as a main obstacle to the peace process.
Under the internationally agreed roadmap for Middle East peace, Israel
is obliged to freeze all settlement construction activity and remove
unauthorized outposts built since 2001 from Palestinian territories.
Abbas said in late April that he is ready to work with Netanyahu. The
announcement came after U.S. mediator George Mitchell spent three days
in the region in a bid to restart Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.
On Saturday, the foreign ministers of Arab countries promoting the
Palestinian-Israeli settlement initiative supported the resumption of
indirect talks under U.S. mediation. The talks could resume in the first
half of May but analysts doubt that they would be a success unless
Israel agrees to stop settlement construction.
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks came to a halt in December 2008, when
Israel launched an attack on the Gaza Strip in a bid to put an end to
the firing of homemade rockets at southern Israel by Palestinian
militants based in the enclave. The conflict left 1,300 Palestinians and
13 Israelis dead.
CAIRO, May 3 (RIA Novosti)