George Mitchell, Obama's special envoy to the Middle East has wrapped up his visit to Israél and the Palestinian territories and has returned to Washington, while his aides remain in te area and will continue to work on furhering 'proximity talks' between Israël and the PA. Mitchell will be back on Friday,
During Mitchells visit Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has urged Barack Obama to impose a peace deal and has rejected the idea of establishing a state within temporary borders.
"But don't tell me it's a vital national strategic American interest ... and then not do anything."
"Since you, Mr. President and you, the members of the American administration, believe in this, it is your duty to call for the steps in order to reach the solution and impose the solution - impose it," Abbas said on Saturday. Speaking to members of his Fatah party in Ramallah, Abbas said Israel and the Palestinians should resume peace talks on the terms of full statehood, with such talks wrapping up within two years.
"We won't accept a state with temporary borders,'' he said. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz wrote on Friday that Israeli prime minister Netanyahu was willing to discuss a Palestinian with tenporary borders in part of th occupied territories, but the Palestinians fear that the tenmporary borders might become definite borders.
Palestinian officials have said privately that they believe only strong US intervention can break the impasse with Israel. Still, Abbas' blunt public appeal was unusual, they said. AFP reported that Mitchell invited Abbas to meet priesnt Obama next month in Washington. Abbas's aise did not confirm this yet.