The Palestinian Authority on Saturday got the green light to restart peace talks with Israel after the PLO’s executive committee voted to approve indirect negotiations.
At a meeting in Ramallah in the West Bank, Palestinian Liberation Organization officials backed a motion for the first talks between the sides in 18 months, to be brokered by United States peace envoy George Mitchell.
PLO spokesman Yasser Abed Rabbo said after the meeting that the vote marked the official start of the talks.
“The negotiations will take one form: shuttling between President Abu Mazen and the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu,” he said.
Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah said last week that all of the ‘final status issues’ – which include the sovereignty of East Jerusalem and the rights of Palestinian refugees and are potentially the biggest stumbling blocks in peace talks – would be on the table when negotiations restarted.
“Absolutely no issue will be excluded and Jerusalem will be the top priority,” Rdainah said.