(Times of Israel) Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Al Jazeera Wednesday that the Palestinians would return to the negotiating table only if Israel accepts the vision of two states based on the 1967 borders. His comments came a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in the region in an attempt to revive peace talks.
Abbas denied that he was setting preconditions to talks, saying he merely wanted clarity on the parameters of the negotiations.
Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since 2010. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed not to agree to any preconditions before returning to the table, while expressing readiness to discuss all issues when talks resume. He has reiterated his support for a two-state solution, but has not expressed readiness in advance of talks to negotiate on the basis of the pre-1967 lines.
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