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Abbas tells Obama Israel not serious about talks
Palestinian officials express satisfaction over US president's remarks in wake of meeting with Abbas

Palestinian officials told Ynet Wednesday night they were satisfied with US President Barack Obama's statements following his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

 

The sources noted that Obama again expressed his support for the need to establish a Palestinian state.

 

The officials said that Abbas told Obama that for the time being, proximity talks with Israel are not moving along as hoped. The Palestinians complained that the Israeli side is not serious about the negotiations and aims to stay away from the significant issues.

 

The Palestinians are infuriated, claiming that while they have been discussing issues such as security and borders during the proximity talks, Israel is mostly dealing with issues such as water and environmental affairs, Ynet learned.

 

A senior Palestinian official would not confirm this, but said: "For the time being, there is no progress at all in the proximity talks, which had been going on for several weeks now."

 

Following his meeting with Abbas, Obama predicted "real progress" in coming months in US efforts to nudge Israel and the Palestinians toward direct peace talks, if both sides commit.

 

"Both sides have to create an environment, a climate that will be conducive to an actual breakthrough," the president said.

 

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