RAMALLAH, March 3 (JMCC) - Palestinians plan to give Israel a deadline to enter talks, suggesting that if Israel declines, they will consider negotiations over, reports the
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to spell out the requirements in a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki. He said he did not know by when Netanyahu would have to respond.
Abbas has long said he will not resume talks unless Israel freezes settlement construction on occupied lands and recognizes the pre-1967 war frontier as a baseline for talks on a border between Israel and a future Palestine.
Late last year, Palestinians went to the Security Council to request United Nations membership but were unable to get enough votes to bring a vote. Leaders have suggested that he could appeal to the larger and more sympathetic UN General Assembly, although its decision on membership would not be binding.