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Abbas and Livni Meet in London: Abbas Will Not Apply to UN Agencies

RAMALLAH–PA President Mahmoud Abbas told The Times of Israel that PA leadership does not intend to seek membership in or help from additional UN and other international organizations in the near future. Abbas said the Palestinians are waiting to see what diplomatic developments will look like.

A week ago Thursday, Abbas and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is in charge of Israeli negotiations, met in London for the first time since peace talks collapsed last month. The encounter came on the heels of separate meetings, in London, between the two and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Abbas said the meeting was a positive one and would not have taken place without the approval of PM Netanyahu.

On Israel’s Channel 10, Livni told critics she would keep extremists from exercising control over government activities. “It’s clear to me that the extreme right doesn’t like the activities of our government. We are blocking the possibility of them establishing the state of Yitzhar. ” Yitzhar, is an extreme right-wing settlement near Nablus, and the scene of violence between the settlers and the IDF.

“The conflict is still here, and direct negotiations are preferable,” she said. “We are not ignoring the problem of the agreement between Fatah and Hamas, but there is no option of not listening and not being heard.”

Netanyahu told Livni she would only represent herself in the meeting. Ha Bayit Ha-Yehudi and Naftali Bennet, demanded her resignation.

Abbas told Livni that the new government would “act according to the principles he abides by. He said it was not yet clear whether he would head the new government or whether it would be led by somebody else, such as Rami Hamdallah, the PA’s prime minister, and that they would accept the Quartet’s principles: recognition of Israel, recognition of previous agreements, and the explicit rejection of violence and terrorism.

 

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