Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Yasser Abed-Rabbo, stated that there are certain ideas about arranging a meeting between Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, but stressed that such a meeting must carry serious Israeli commitments to halt its violations.The official added that Israel does not want a progress on the political and practical levels; therefore, a meeting under the current circumstances would not helpful.
Abed-Rabbo said that the official stance of president Abbas is that the resumption of talks requires practical Israeli measures and commitments, especially regarding Israelâs illegal settlement construction and expansion in the West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem.
âSome parties are contacting us, there are attempts to reduce tension, and create a positive atmosphereâ, the official said, âWe fear that these efforts are only meant to contain a potential crisis instead of pushing the peace process forwardsâ.
He further stated that the White House is acting on preventing the Palestinians from heading to the United Nations to demand their international guaranteed rights of liberty and independence.
Abed-Rabbo said that the stances of the European Union, and European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, are positive as the EU realizes the threats Israelâs settlements are posing on the final status solution, and the establishment of the Palestinian state.
Commenting on statements made by Fathi Hammad, a senior political leader of the Hamas movement, who said that âthere can be no reconciliation of secularismâ, Abed-Rabbo said that such statements are âradical hallucinationsâ carried out in an âattempt to divide the Palestinian people into two sectors; religious and secularâ, and added that such statements âare meant at regarding any person, who does not support the ideology of Hamas, as an infidelâ, the Arabs48 news website reported.