Thursday, October 11, 2012

Jewish Groups Refuse to Meet with Abbas

Major American Jewish organizations refused to allow Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to use them as a shield and convenient excuse not to engage in direct negotiations with Israel, according to one influential leader.

The position taken, and the strong message sent, by the American Jewish leadership is in stark contrast to that of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), which has held separate meetings this year with Abbas in Ramallah and with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman.

Abbas “has no real interest in either the truth or in serious negotiations: he wants everything handed to him on a silver platter,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice-chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. -- Joanne Hill, Jewish Tribune Canada

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