Israeli-Palestinian officials meet in run-up to Netanyahu, Obama parley (3)

13:45, July 06, 2010      

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Netanyahu, who has called for direct negotiations with the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), said he thinks holding indirect proximity talks, while enabling the parties to maintain a certain degree of communication, are unable to advance such substantive as borders, refugees, Jerusalem, and security arrangements, according to the source.

The Israeli prime minister and Washington have both indicated they favor direct talks between the Middle East foes, but the Palestinians are less keen and are seeking assurances before agreeing to face-to-face talks. Among the Palestinian concerns is that Israel would fail to renew its West Bank settlement freeze in September.

Netanyahu also plans to present Obama with a newly-revised list of products that will be prohibited entry into the Gaza Strip. Israel feels this is a significant policy change. The list previously included products that were allowed into Gaza. Now, the list only mentions products which Israel believes would pose a security risk.

The meeting between Netanyahu and Obama was initially meant to take place last month, but Netanyahu had to call it off and return to Israel from Canada when news broke of the Gaza maritime convoy incident.

Source: Xinhua
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