Palestinians Not Expecting New U.S. Peace Push

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The Jerusalem Post reports:  The Palestinian Authority said on Tuesday that it was unaware of any new US effort to resume the stalled peace process with Israel. 

Ahmed Majdalani, member of the PLO Executive Committee, said that the PA leadership has not received any official word from the US Administration about the resumption of the peace talks with Israel.

His remarks came in response to a report in the Wall Street Journal that the US Administration is exploring the possibility of supporting a UN Security Council resolution that would set the principles for a permanent Israeli-Palestinian agreement. According to the report, the resolution would be brought to a vote before the end of President Barack Obama’s term in office.

Majdalani said that the PA leadership was waiting to hear from visiting Vice President Joe Biden whether the report was true. Biden is scheduled to visit Ramallah on Wednesday for talks with PA President Mahmoud Abbas (pictured) and senior Palestinian officials.

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