Key Congressman Calls on Abbas to Return to Peace Negotiations

(Ha'aretz) Natasha Mozgovaya - U.S. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Cal.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Tuesday: "It is time for Palestinian Authority President Abbas to come to the negotiating table....The United States cannot negotiate on the Palestinians' behalf by proxy, as some have reported President Abbas would like. It would be unfortunate indeed if the Palestinians chose to stay on the sidelines rather than negotiate for the statehood they have long craved." "We may have done [Abbas] a disservice by not making clear at the outset of the administration that negotiations should not be linked to a settlement freeze," he added.

2010-01-27 08:32:43

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