Russia offers to mediate between U.S. and Palestinian Authority

Israel National News reports: “Russia has offered to facilitate a meeting in the next few weeks between the US and the Palestinian Authority, Western diplomats briefed on the Russian initiative told Barak Ravid of Channel 13 News on Wednesday.

According to the diplomatic sources, the UN and the EU support the Russian initiative and see it as a way to create a new political process that slows or stops Israel’s moves toward application of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

‘The only way to stop Israeli annexation is to renew talks between the Palestinians and the US,’ said one Western diplomat quoted in the report.

The PA has been boycotting the US since December of 2017, when President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Its leaders have refused to engage with the US on Trump’s peace proposal, which PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas said would be relegated to the ‘dustbin of history.’

Ravid noted that the PA demands that any future peace talks be held in a wider framework like the Middle East Quartet, which includes the US, Russia, the UN and the EU…”

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