Netanyahu, Fayyad to Meet after Passover

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will welcome a delegation from the Palestinian Authority, led by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, to Jerusalem after the Passover holiday.

Senior PLO officials Saeb Erekat, Yasser Abed Rabbo and Nimer Hamad will round out the PLO delegation. Negotiator Yizhak Molcho will accompany Netanyahu.

For several months now, the P.A. has talked about preparing a comprehensive letter documenting, from its perspective, why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has never been resolved and restating its demands for restarting peace talks.

According to information leaked to the press, the report holds Israel responsible for the failure.

Netanyahu, in turn, will respond with a letter reiterating Israel's willingness to restart direct talks without preconditions, while stating that a negotiated agreement with the P.A. must meet Israel's security requirements and recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

On Monday, P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas threatened to take his complaints to the international community.

"We want to build a state on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, next to Israel," Abbas said at a ceremony dedicating a building for a new Palestinian embassy in Cairo.

While the P.A. insists these are not "preconditions," Israel disagrees.

Netanyahu has clarified on more than one occasion that the pre-1967 borders -- which leaves Israel less than nine miles wide at one point -- are indefensible. Furthermore, Israel has no intention of re-dividing Jerusalem. 

Despite last September's rejection of the P.A.'s unilateral statehood bid at the U.N., Abbas said he would file a complaint with the United Nations alleging Israel's intransigency.

"This is our right," Abbas said, "and we will go back to the United Nations."

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