Meeting in Cairo, foreign ministers from the Arab League have endorsed preliminary talks between Israelis and Palestinians – in the hope they lead to offical peace negotiations getting underway.
It is a last-ditch attempt according to Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, who said: “Despite the lack of conviction in the seriousness of the Israeli side’s desire to achieve a just peace, the committee sees it fit to give indirect talks a chance, as a final attempt.”
This gives Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the political support he needs to agree to the US-plan for the so-called indirect talks.
They have faltered so far on the issues of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the control of East Jerusalem.
Plans to destroy Palestinians homes in favour of an archeological park in Arab East Jerusalem have been put on hold after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intervened.
Arab league welcomes resumption of talks