Abbas was speaking during a closed meeting of members of the Fatah Revolutionary Council in Ramallah.Of course, Abbas cannot sit down with Netanyahu--Abbas does not have the backing of the Arab world, let alone his own people to make any kind of concession. Unless the point of sitting down to talk is for Abbas to accept concessions and say 'no' to everything else, Abbas is powerless.
Abbas was quoted by some Fatah operatives as saying that Egypt and Jordan supported the PA’s refusal to move to direct talks unless progress is first achieved on the issues of security and the future borders of a Palestinian state.
“We can’t go to direct negotiations like blind people,” Abbas was quoted as saying.
“We can’t enter direct negotiations without clarity.”
Abbas complained that Obama recently sent him an oral message urging him to launch direct negotiations with Israel unconditionally.
According to the PA president, Obama’s message was “unclear and ambiguous.” [emphasis added]
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