Israeli, Palestinian negotiators meet again in Amman

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Jordan for the second time in a week.

The face-to-face meeting on Jan. 9 was the result of a meeting a week earlier in Amman with representatives of the Mideast Quartet.

No statements followed this latest meeting, also in Amman, after both sides agreed not to speak to the media about the sessions. The Jordanian Foreign Ministry is the only party authorized to discuss the talks, and it did not release a statement.

Unnamed Palestinian sources told the New York Times and Israeli media that no progress was made in the talks, and that Israel did not offer any new proposals to jump-start the process.

Palestinian officials have said that the talks will not move forward unless Israel commits to a settlement construction freeze and agrees to the 1967 lines as the border of a Palestinian state. Israel has called for restarting negotiations with no preconditions.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said last week that if Israel does not meet his conditions, “we will take new measures.” He said the measures could be “difficult.” — jta