Palestinian officials, Israeli MKs meet in Budapest
Published Sunday 18/08/2013 (updated) 19/08/2013 21:38
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli politicians and Palestinian officials met last week in Budapest and discussed the resumption of negotiations, an Israeli newspaper reported Sunday.
PLC members Abdullah Abdullah and Qadura Fares, PA foreign ministry aide Jamal Zakout and former minister Samih al-Abed met five Israeli Knesset members from Yesh Atid, the Labor Party and Hatnua, in the Hungarian capital, Maariv reported.
The Palestinian officials are all part of the Geneva Initiative.
According to a statement by the Geneva Initiative, MK Yifat Kariv said the three-day seminar was held to discuss negotiations, which resumed in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
"We gathered to hear, to talk and for one side to listen to the other. Amongst the chaos, pain, years of failure, despair and hope we met to talk about peace," Kariv said.
"We will never agree about the past, each nation has its own narrative, but we must reach agreement about the present and the future, if not for our own sakes then for our children. We need to wake up from the illusion that the current situation between Israel and the Palestinians can continue as is.
"We, Israeli MKs, met with members of the Palestinians leadership and together we are trying to envision a future of peace. There is no other way," the Yesh Atid MK said.