On Monday 10th December, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he will launch a new initiative to resume negotiations with Israel that include the demand to release prisoners and a call to cease settlement construction.
According to The Jerusalem Post newspaper, President Abbas said that only a full six-month settlement freeze, including Jewish building in east Jerusalem, could push ahead negotiations.
He also added, "We want to discuss a mechanism that would lead to an Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian and Arab territories, including Jerusalem, the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails and halting settlement construction."
"If this happens, there could be feasible negotiations. Also, we could return from point zero," said Abba. more