Jan 28, 2022

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Arab media are quoting sources within the PA saying that preparations are being made for a “trilateral summit meeting between [President Donald] Trump, [PA President Mahmoud] Abbas and [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.”

The revelation came after PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas had said he was ready to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the goal of “making peace.” The meeting will be held under the auspices of US President Donald Trump.

Abbas has said that during his meeting with Trump at the White House last week, he stressed the willingness of the Authority to cooperate with the new US administration in reviving the peace talks with Israel.

President Trump is scheduled to visit Bethlehem on March 23, after his visit to Israel, and Arab sources say they expect Trump to try to bring the two sides together under his guidance.

In his talks with Trump, Abbas presented the president with documents and maps from the negotiations between the PA and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in which the two sides have greatly reduced their differences over borders. Abbas told Trump he would like to start the negotiations at the point where he and Olmert had parted ways.