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Abbas Calls Arab League Meeting on Peace Talks Crisis

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the Arab League to convene an emergency meeting on the fall out of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Abbas, alongside Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki are scheduled to hold the meeting in Cairo Tuesday.

Palestinian officials have stated they are unwilling to make any more concessions for Israel, an official claiming that the Palestinians are “giving up 78 percent of our land to Israel.”

The meeting comes after the United States arranged a meeting between both the Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams Monday, in what State Department spokeswoman Ken Psaki stated the goal of “determining whether the process can move forward.” Pskai confirmed a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry’s envoy Martin Indyk with head of the Israeli negotiating team Tzipi Livni and head of the Palestinian negotiating team Saeb Erekat on Sunday.

Israel has called for the Palestinians to cancel treaties signed to international organizations requesting for recognition of “The State of Palestine”. The Palestinians are calling on Israel to release the fourth phase of Palestinian prisoners, the prisoners’ release part of Israel’s goodwill gesture to the Palestinian Authority to agree to reenter negotiations.

The PA has threated to seek membership in 48 additional international organizations if peace talks fail, an aide to Abbas stating that, “the second tranche of UN organizations is ready for signing.” A Fatah official stated that “If the US becomes convinced that the same approach will make no progress, then it will be possible to save the situation. Otherwise negotiations can’t go on,” calling on the United States to place more pressure on Israel.

Amir Tsarfati is the founder and president of Behold Israel, a news site to correct the scarcity in trustworthy reportage on issues and events impacting Israel, and to resolve the uncertainty about who or what to believe.

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