CAIRO (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated on Thursday he was able to take confidence-building measures and restore calm within the Palestinian territories although Israel’s actions had made a two-state answer unattainable.
Abbas spoke as he met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah in Cairo, days after he held talks with Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz in a uncommon high-level assembly.
Egypt performed a number one position in brokering the ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian Islamist faction Hamas after 11 days of battle in Might within the Gaza Strip, and has since been attempting to assist reinforce the truce amid occasional renewed flare-ups of violence and to facilitate reconstruction in Gaza.
In Cairo, the three leaders pledged “to work collectively to refine a imaginative and prescient to activate efforts aimed toward resuming negotiations, and work with brothers and companions to revive the peace course of”, in keeping with a press release launched by Egypt’s presidency.
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014 and analysts say there may be little prospect of reviving them, partly on account of divisions between Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. The PA seeks an unbiased state in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution.
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In an handle on the Cairo talks, Abbas stated that though an escalation of Israeli “violations” had made a two-state answer according to worldwide legislation unattainable, the PA was dedicated to peaceable strategies.
“We renew our readiness to work on this stage to arrange the ambiance by the appliance of confidence-building steps that embrace attaining complete calm in Palestinian lands,” he stated, in keeping with a textual content printed by THE state-run Palestinian information company Wafa.
After Abbas met with Gantz, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett shortly performed down the concept of any transfer in direction of peace negotiations, although Israel additionally agreed to lend the Palestinian Authority $150 million.
Bennett’s overseas minister, Yair Lapid, forged doubt on Wednesday on the prospects for a two-state answer, saying such a transfer might destabilise the far-right Bennett’s cross-partisan coalition.
(Reporting by Mohamed Waly in Cairo and Ali Sawafta in Ramallah; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Modifying by Mark Heinrich)
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