Moussa: We Seek Alternatives To Current Peace Process

"jpost Arab leaders meeting in Libya will attempt to find alternatives to the currently stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Arab League head Amr Moussa said Friday. Moussa stated that Israel's ""very, very negative"" stance toward the talks is responsible for the current impasse. He added that the the Arab League does not plan to tell Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas what steps to take going forward. Some Arab countries are proposing that Abbas return to indirect negotiations to avoid a total breakdown of Mideast peace talks, diplomats said Friday. Abbas arrived in Libya on Thursday to seek Arab League backing for his decision to quit direct talks with Israel until the settlement construction moratorium is renewed, amid no signs that the US and Israel have a formula in hand to break the impasse. Although Ambassador to the US Michael Oren on Thursday was the first Israeli or American official to acknowledge that Washington had offered Jerusalem inducements to extend the freeze, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – in public statements he made later in the day – sounded more like someone trying to shift the blame for failure onto the other side, rather than someone on the verge of announcing a breakthrough. "
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