PA not interested in peace talks with Israel amid Netanyahu investigations

A senior Palestinian official told the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the Palestinian Authority has no desire to begin the peace process with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as long as he is being investigated: “We don’t want the case of Olmert to repeat itself. We were on the verge of an agreement and then he resigned.”
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Amid the reports of US President Donald Trump sending his son-in-law and top advisor Jared Kushner to the Middle East in order to promote peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority has stated that it will be impossible to begin the peace process with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as long as he is being investigated in several serious corruption cases. A senior PA official told the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Sunday that Ramallah would prefer not to start serious negotiations while the investigations continue in order to “not repeat the [former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert precedent.”

“As long as Netanyahu is being investigated and it appears that his future is not in his hands, we have no desire to embark on the adventure of serious and exhausting negotiations that include many details pertaining to him,” the official, who asked to remain anonymous, said.

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The official added: “We don’t want the case of Olmert to repeat itself. We were on the verge of an agreement and then he resigned.” In the past, PA President Mahmoud Abbas has suggested that the peace talks begin at the same place where they stopped with Olmert but Netanyahu has rejected this proposal.

Over the weekend, JOL News reported that a White House official said that Trump will send Kushner and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt to the Middle East soon in order to meet with local leaders and promote peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell will also be part of the senior American delegation, which will hold meetings regarding the matter in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.



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