Agreement to accelerate Israeli-Palestinian talks

So, there is the admission that they have been moving even more slowly than molasses.

And public statements as well as non-attributed leaks have done nothing but totally confuse everyone.

Now, today, it has been agreed that the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations should be accelerated.

Reuters reported this evening that “Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed on Tuesday to accelerate U.S.-backed peace talks after critics warned Israel not enough was being done to get a deal this year … After months of delay, Olmert and Abbas agreed on Tuesday to set up working groups that will tackle side issues like water use, Israeli officials said. Olmert’s spokesman Mark Regev said negotiators would meet ‘almost daily’ going forward … Olmert has said the goal was an understanding on ‘basic principles’ for a Palestinian state, rather than the full-fledged agreement that Palestinians have been seeking. An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said negotiators had made ‘some progress’ on the core issues, which include borders, the fate of millions of Palestinian refugees, as well as Jerusalem . Olmert angered the Palestinians earlier this week when he said talks on Jerusalem would be postponed until the end of the negotiating process. Palestinian officials denied Olmert’s assertion that Abbas had agreed to the delay” …

This Reuters report is posted here.

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