Following a week of mixed reports on possible meeting between Israel and PA, Russia announced that Netanyahu and Abbas will meet in Moscow
Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reportedly agreed to meet in Moscow, following two years since the end of the last talks held which were facilitated by the United States’ Secretary of State John Kerry.
The announcement was made by Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday morning, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stating that Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed “in principal” to meet in Moscow, the spokeswoman stating that a time has not been confirmed and “The most important thing is to pick the right timing. Intensive contacts on this are ongoing.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Office released the statement that he is ready to meet with Abbas, “anytime and anywhere, under the condition that there are no preconditions. That applies to the Russian initiative as well,” Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keyes stating Thursday “If the Palestinian Authority can say with one voice that they are willing to meet without preconditions, then Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet President Abbas.”
Talks for renewing the peace process resumed in 2013 and was overseen by United States Secretary of State John Kerry. After close to nine months of intense negotiations, the talks were not successful and ended as the Palestinian Authority’s announced the creation of a unity government with Hamas.
Since then, Israel has been consistent and vocal in its commitment to renewing the peace process on condition there be no preconditions to resuming talks, the PA refusing to enter talks or meet with Israeli officials without demands such as a halt to settlement growth and a Palestinian state by 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.