Palestinian Pre-Conditions For Cairo Summit a Non-Starter, Official Says

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas meet at Netanyahu's residence September 15, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel.
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to go anywhere to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate, but the setting of preconditions for such talks is a non-starter, a government source said Wednesday amid speculation of a fourway summit in Cairo.

The idea of a summit hosted by the Egyptians that would include Netanyahu, Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah gained currency following two surprise meetings Sunday in Jerusalem between Netanyahu and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

Shokry visited Ramallah on June 29, and according to a report in Walla, set a list of demands as preconditions for such a summit: a settlement freeze, a firm timetable for the negotiations, and an Israeli agreement that the pre- 1967 lines will be the basis for the negotiations.

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