PA President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed Pope Francis’ call for a dialogue of peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
WAFA reported, according to Al Ray, that Abbas decided to engage in a peace process based on international law and relevant resolutions of the Security Council and of the General Assembly.
Pope Francis, during his Christmas message, hoped the occasion would be the occasion for relaunching the peace process.
Palestinian-Israeli negotiations came to a halt in April of 2014, after an Israeli refusal to curb settlement expansion, to accept the two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders, and to release Palestinian prisoners.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.