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PLO, Israel to meet for fourth round of talks
Published Sunday 15/01/2012 (updated) 16/01/2012 17:56
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian and Israeli officials have agreed to meet for the fourth time on Jan. 25, after the latest round of talks between the two sides.

Israeli and PLO envoys met on Saturday for the third round of face-to-face meetings this year in the Jordanian capital. Neither side made official statements following the meeting between PLO member Saeb Erekat and Israel's chief negotiator Yitzhak Molcho.

The Palestinian Authority's official news agency Wafa said, however, that Erekat and Molcho had agreed to a fourth meeting on Jan. 25 in Amman.

Jordan's foreign minister Nasser Judeh also attended the meeting.

The exploratory discussions began on Jan. 3 and followed a long break in negotiations after President Mahmoud Abbas suspended talks 15 months ago over Israel's expansion of Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The "Quartet" of international peace mediators - the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations wants the two sides to state their positions on the borders and security arrangements of a future "two-state solution" by Jan. 26 to help open the door to a resumption of full negotiations.

US officials have signaled that the Jan. 26 target date for the two sides to exchange proposals could slide.

The PLO entered the closed-door talks despite opposition from factions, who point to the failure of decades of negotiations with Israel alongside the expansion of illegal settlements.
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1 ) Nour / One-State
15/01/2012 10:08
Not that the current push to the 2-state fantasy will lead to anything but I couldn't hold back this thought... The Zionists have a chief negotiator who changes every few years. Palestine's Erekat has been sitting on his seat for more than 20 years. What is it about us Arabs that makes us so obsessed about seats and authority, it so blinds us that he forgot about the big picture and now views any such futile encounter as a self-aggrandizing opportunity? didn't this man resign anyway !?!?

2 ) Nour / One-State
15/01/2012 11:15
A great deal of learning for any normal human being is attributable to past errors. Learning from these errors leads us to avoid potential hazards and pitfalls and makes us wiser human beings. This simple notion is not applicable to the PA though, since each and every mistake is repeated, and will continue to be repeated, until the Palestinian people are obliterated.

3 ) mohamed / somalia
15/01/2012 13:27
just wasting time.

4 ) Mel / USA
15/01/2012 16:23
Dry carrots on sticks again. "Round of talks" i.e.'Delay,defer,avoid international law! Until all Arab land is occupied by Jewish-only colonies with nothing but ghettoes for temp-Res. Arab slave-labor(if they're not replaced by Malaysians/Ethiopians etc)."Negotiations"are a RUSE! A Zionist ponzi scheme for more WAR CRIMES(agreed by Arab factions 4 'power treats'). Demand that Israel recognize Palestinian Right to Exist,& RIGHT OF RETURN! ALL Palestinians?10 million!REOCCUPY YOUR HOME!It's yours!

5 ) Mitri I. Musleh / Canada
15/01/2012 16:52
Dear Nour, I could not agree with you more. The Arab world has always been plagued by having tyrant leaders and complacent nations. Not unless the people rise in an attempt to change the status quo and prevent one certain ideology from hijacking their attempts, as we see happening in Egypt, the Arabs people would always remain oppressed and controlled.

6 ) @ Mel #4 / So Foolish
15/01/2012 17:20
You can NOT possibly be So Foolish as to believe that it will help create a Palestinian state, by demanding it's right to destroy the Jewish State, and Arafat was NOT So Foolish either, so he pretended that his goal was something different, so as to get a better "grip" (the PA) on the Land !!! The "Quartet" should tell the two sides to state their positions: - BASED UPON THEIR SITUATIONS NOW, and - NOT THE BORDERS OF 1948, OR 1967, and - NOT UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTIONS !!!

7 ) @ Mohamed #3 / USA
15/01/2012 17:28
You are clearly right ("just wasting time"), since: - Palestinians will demand 1967 borders & refugee return as the solution, and - Israelis will continue to reject suicidal borders & suicidal demographics !!

8 ) rlr / beirut
15/01/2012 18:13
this from maans poll>>>>>PLO talks with Israel in Amman are: A positive step toward peace z (22.6%) Pointless 101 (69.4%) Harmful to national reconciliation 17 (48.0%)>>>>>>> how are the talks pointless?by palestinian standrad they are pointless.from the zionists/quartet are they pointless?

9 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
15/01/2012 19:24
@ 1), 2) Nour / One-State, VERY well said. Damn GOOD questions. @ 3) Mohamed / Somali, ABSOLUTELY right. @ 4) Mel / USA, Except for your 1st statement (which, for once, is true), everything else is crap (as is normally true). I'll tell you people 1 more reason why these talks will fail: Our "negotiators" should absolutely NOT hold diplomatic meetings (which IS a type of work) on Saturdays. We have constantly been commanded by All_h NOT to work on the 7th day. These talks are doomed.

10 ) Paul/Friend of Big Mike / USA
15/01/2012 19:55
To NOUR/One State. Amen. Yes in appears that only one party is really playing chess here. The game board is on a turntable. Simple Arabs & Jews observe the game but do not see Zionists are "playing with themselves." Original contract of Torah is only way out thus giving the land to Arabs and leadership or government to Seed of Isaac being only one and that is Messiah. Jews and Arabs respecting that can live together. Otherwise obliteration for both in the long run. Big Mike is right!

11 ) nihilist / nours one state
15/01/2012 23:51
NO NEGOTIATIONS>>NO TO THE ZIONIST QUARTET DEMANDS>>END THE P.A.>> REBUILD THE PLO AND GIVE VOTE TO THE ENTIRE PALESTINE POPULATION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

12 ) ELIAS / PALESTINE
15/01/2012 23:57
THE TALKS IN JORDAN ARE SERIOUSLY DESTRUCTIVE TO PALESTINE.if the p.a. want to gain any respect they should not believe any overtures from the zionist quartet.they dont want to see fateh win the next elections.national unity should be first and foremost

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
16/01/2012 10:37
To rlr #8 'how are the talks pointless?by palestinian standrad they are pointless.from the zionists/quartet are they pointless?' Of course the talks aren't pointless from the Zionists' point of view. They serve to maintain the pretense that Israel wants peace while permitting the continued expropriation of the land and the creation of ghettos. See poster #6.

14 ) Colin Wright / USA
16/01/2012 10:39
To @ #7 'Israelis will continue to reject suicidal borders' If the pre-1967 borders were 'suicidal' how did Israel survive from 1948 to 1967? Perhaps she had the atomic bomb then but doesn't now?

15 ) Nour / One-State
16/01/2012 12:09
#11 AMEN

16 ) rir / beirut
16/01/2012 13:16
@13 so they are not pointless from the zionists point of view.so why are they for negotiations.as for the quartet,they are not impartial ,i think we all should know that by now...

17 ) rir / beirut
16/01/2012 13:18
so they are not just harmful to 'national reconciliation et@ ,but more so to the palestinian cause!

18 ) @ #11 / USA
16/01/2012 17:04
This Zionist largely agrees with you, "NO NEGOTIATIONS, NO TO DEMANDS, & END THE P.A.". However, instead of "REBUILD THE PLO", I suggest DEPORT THE PLO BACK TO TUNISIA, where they hid-out before the Oslo Accords were reached !!! Also, since this Arab government (with it's guns) will reject the people's demands or vote, just like Egypt, Lybia, & Syria, I don't see how "GIVE VOTE TO THE ENTIRE PALESTINE POPULATION" will help.

19 ) ian / australia
16/01/2012 22:12
Too much gloom here IMHO! Of course these new talks will achieve nothing in themselves and everyone knows the positions the parties will restate...BUT, if what is highlighted is Israeli obstructionism and the perversity of refusing to provide a counter offer on borders to the Palestinian proposal submitted (which was the whole point of the meetings)...the exercise can be considered a small PR success!
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