Netanyahu mulls gestures toward Palestinians to keep peace talks going
After a first meeting between Palestinian Authority and Israeli envoys with the Quartet in Jordan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being urged to consider a series of “confidence building” measures by the Americans and Jordanians. The PA was brought to the table with the incentive of, what the Quartet calls, “stabilizing packages” – consisting of the freeing of Palestinian prisoners, allowing for the expansion of Palestinian Authority’s control in additional West Bank areas, and other allowances. Prime Minister Netanyahu is hoping that undertaking these concessions will change the PA’s bid for statehood in the United Nations. Netanyahu has, in the past, agreed to concessions like these only to renege on them later citing various issues.