Saturday, July 20, 2013
JERUSALEM — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to resume peace talks with Israel only after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave him a letter guaranteeing that the basis of the negotiations will be Israel’s pre-1967 borders, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday.
The official, who is a close aide of the Palestinian leader and privy to internal discussions, said the U.S. letter also stipulated that both sides must refrain from taking any steps that would jeopardize the outcome of the talks.
He said Israel is not to issue new tenders for Jewish settlements in the West Bank, while the Palestinians are not to pursue diplomatic action against Israel at any international organizations.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to brief the media.