Mahmoud Abbas landed in Paris on Sunday ahead of the expiration of a critical Israeli deadline on settlements. The Palestinian leader gave himself new room to manoeuvre by hinting talks may not stall even if Israel resumes building settlements.
The Mideast peace process stands at a crossroads on Sunday as leaders from both sides wait for a critical deadline to pass over the future of settlement building in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. The 10-month old moratorium on new settlement construction is set to expire on Sunday at 11:59 p.m., casting new doubts over a deal on future settlements and the broader Arab-Israeli peace process.
Date created : 2010-09-26