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Reports: PLO accepts papal invite to Vatican talks with Israel
Published Sunday 25/05/2014 (updated) 27/05/2014 14:43
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Thousands of Palestinians attend an open-air mass led by Pope
Francis in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, May 25, 2014.
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A senior Palestinian official told US media on Sunday that the PLO had accepted an invitation to attend talks with an Israeli delegation at the Vatican.

A member of the PLO executive committee was quoted by CNN and The Associated Press as agreeing to the request, which came as Pope Francis visited the occupied West Bank.

Francis extended the invitation at a mass Sunday in Bethlehem's Manger Square.

"In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with (Israeli) President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace."

He added: "I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer."

PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi told CNN that Abbas would go to the Vatican.

The Israeli president's office also welcomed the invitation, CNN reported.

"President Peres has always supported, and will continue to support, any attempts to progress the cause of peace," a statement from Peres' office was quoted as saying.

A PLO spokesman told Ma'an that he was unable to confirm or deny the reports.

Peace talks broke down in April when Israel abruptly withdrew its negotiator, offering a pretext that it could not negotiate with a Palestinian government that included Hamas.

The Israeli withdrawal followed a deal signed between the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank and the Islamist faction which rules Gaza.
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1 ) JoeFattal / USA
25/05/2014 18:07
Going to the Vatican discussing peace will offer Israel a pretext to disagree on any withdrawal on the basis of their religious beliefs regardless if it is true or not. The Palestinians are negotiating for return of the land occupied by Israel in 1967, and right of return for the refugees regardless who's God they believe in. The Pope will make the matter worse. If Kerry didn't succeed to get both sides to agree on anything, how would you expect a Christian religious leader to have a chance.

2 ) Michael / USA
26/05/2014 02:23
Never under estimate the power of the Vatican

3 ) @ Mike-2 / USA too
27/05/2014 00:45
The days when Catholics feared being excommunicated are over, and Few other faiths care much what a pope thinks, so it is difficult to "under estimate the power of the Vatican".

4 ) @ Joe-1 / Worse, Better, & Blame
27/05/2014 21:02
1- Only Palestinians themselves can, and do, "make the matter Worse",
with their endless terrorism, which justifies Israel's defensive actions, and
2- Only Palestinians themselves can, but won't, make the matter Better,
with talks, negotiations, compromise, and accepting a Jewish state,
with secure borders, without refugee return, Now & Forever, and
3- Palestinians will have Only themselves to Blame, for refusing, and
as a result remaining a stateless, impoverished authority !!!
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