(photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)Writers Ilan Ben Zion
By Gavriel Fiske andIlan Ben Zion
Abbas is no longer completely opposed to such a deal, which would create a framework for two states but likely postpone the resolution of the toughest issues such as final borders, shared sovereignty over Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees, according to a Tuesday Israel Radio report, which gave no further details.
Palestinian Authority officials, and Abbas himself, have repeatedly said they were strongly against an interim peace agreement with Israel. In September, speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, Abbas said the current round of negotiations were “the last chance” to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians but rejected “the dizzying exhilaration of interim agreements” in lieu of a permanent resolution. The Oslo Peace Accords, signed by the two sides in 1993, were an interim peace agreement which stipulated that final-status issues must be resolved within five years. The so-called “Oslo Period” ended with the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000, after then-prime minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat failed to agree on a final deal.
On Sunday, a Channel 2 report revealed details on the peace negotiations, leaked by a disgruntled Palestinian official, which indicated that the Palestinians were taking a hard line on terms desired by Israel.
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