Mahmoud Abbas
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Ramat Shlomo
Photo: Guy Asayag

Abbas, Ben Ali discuss Israeli 'settlement' plan

In Tunisia, Palestinian president says approval of plan to construct 1,600 housing units in east Jerusalem 'got in the way of' plans to launch indirect talks

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he and Tunisia's leader, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, have discussed how the Arab League should respond to an Israeli plan for new construction in disputed east Jerusalem.


The plan includes the construction of 1,600 homes in east Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.


Abbas, speaking Friday during a visit to Tunisia, says Israel's move "got in the way of" plans to begin US-mediated indirect talks with Israel.


The 22-nation Arab League, which gave Abbas the backing to resume talks with Israel, has recommended withdrawing support for indirect talks following the Israeli plan.


The league's peace initiative committee decision is only a recommendation. A final decision must be made by the foreign ministers of the Arab nations.


Abbas arrived Thursday in Tunis and is expected to leave Saturday.


פרסום ראשון: 03.12.10, 19:25
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