Tuesday’s meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will just be a photo opportunity, sources at the prime minister’s bureau have said.
“The meeting will not inaugurate [renewed] negotiations and will not involve any significant details,” the sources said. “The differences on the issue of the settlements and the framework of the talks remain deep.”
A senior source at the Prime Minister’s Bureau said Sunday that the Palestinians were the ones who “folded” after they refused a meeting with Netanyahu. “They made militant statements but in the end they will come,” the source said.
Senior officials at the U.S. administration have also stressed that there has been no major breakthrough and that the differences between the sides have remained unchanged.
the Israeli sources said that it was also agreed that there would be no preconditions to the meeting, which the source insisted is an Israeli “victory.”