There is hope of a summit between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders within the next few weeks after rapid progress on ceasefire negotiations. But the efforts to build trust were dealt a blow when Israeli troops killed a Palestinian and wounded two others in the West Bank. The army says the trio were wanted militants. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the Israelis “to be responsible” as he tries to calm the situation down.
High-level diplomatic talks between both sides yesterday were the first for nearly two years. The next move is to agree on an agenda for Abbas and Ariel Sharon to meet. On the ground much depends on Palestinian security forces success in establishing the same kind of peace in the southern Gaza Strip as they have achieved in the north.