Israeli PM ignores Palestinian peace map: report

09:15, January 04, 2011      

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While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared on Sunday his willingness to discuss all core Mideast issues with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, he is de facto ignoring the Palestinian National Authority's efforts to present him with its peace plan, local daily Ma'ariv reported on Monday.

Israeli representatives, including Netanyahu, have repeatedly turned down in recent weeks their Palestinian counterparts' requests to review official documents drafted by the PNA which detail their position on essential issues of the conflict.

The report cited the latest meeting held in Washington between Israel's chief negotiator to the peace talks Yitzhak Molcho and his Palestinian counterpart, Saeb Erekat, during which the latter "surprised" the Israeli by pulling from his brief case an official draft of the Palestinian peace map with an updated outline of its positions on substance issues.

The Israeli, according to anonymous sources, allegedly responded by saying that he cannot even touch the documents, let alone read it, since it would lead to the "immediate toppling of the (Israeli) government."

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