Palestinians Deny Agreeing to Peace Talks
Secretary of State John Kerry's July 19 announcement of renewed Israeli/Palestinian peace talks was followed on July 22 with Palestinian officials denying the truthfulness of the claim.
According to World Jewish Daily, Palestinian officials Nabil Abu Rudeineh and Yasser Abed Rabbo both rejected "the claim that renewed negotiations were in the offing."
Rudeineh says Palestinian preconditions that talks be based on pre-1967 borders is still a requirement, and he said the agreement for talks was an agreement to discuss such preconditions. As the World Jewish Daily put it, "this appears to indicate that the Palestinians had only agreed to talk about the possibility of talking."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long rejected such preconditions for talks, and has had U.S. backing in doing so.
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