Israel Puts Three Conditions: Recognizing Israel as Jewish State, End of Conflict and Palestinian Refugee Matter
US Secretary of State John Kerry met on Friday, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Israel's Army Minister Moshe Ya'alon joined the meeting.
Israeli diplomatic sources said that they did not expect any progress in the Netanyahu-Kerry talks and that an extension to the nine-month deadline to negotiations would likely be necessary.
The sources added that Israel is waiting for a response from the Palestinians on three key issues, namely the recognition of Israel as the Jewish state, a commitment to end all claims and the controversial Palestinian refugee matter, The Times of Israel reported.
Kerry met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah Thursday evening. During the meeting, Abbas confirmed that if Israel insists on maintaining security presence in the Jordan Valley, there will not be a peace agreement.
Abbas said that all the Israeli "settlements" are located on "Palestinian land" and must be evicted.
He added that the Palestinian Authority (PA) would agree to extend the current talks by one month, if serious progress is made for the talks.