Abbas to meet Israeli MKs in Ramallah
Published Monday 07/10/2013 (updated) 08/10/2013 11:11
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas will meet a delegation of Israeli Knesset members on Monday in Ramallah, a senior Fatah official said.
Mohammad al-Madani told Ma'an that a delegation of 14 Knesset members are due to visit Ramallah to strengthen support for peace negotiations and the two state solution.
The Israeli delegation will include lawmakers from Labor, Meretz, Hatnua and Shas, Israeli media reported.
Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid reportedly voted against members of his centrist party attending the meeting, with Likud transportation minister Israel Katz and Jewish home official Avraham Wortzman calling on the MKs not to go, blaming Abbas for failing to prevent attacks on Israelis.
Peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians were relaunched in July under the auspices of the United States after nearly three years of impasse.
The direct talks, which are being held in Israel and the West Bank under a US-imposed media blackout, have been set to last nine months, and have so far yielded no concrete results.