The Palestinians move the goalposts...
Now Abbas won`t negotiate until Israel recognizes the 1967 truce lines as borders...
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is again "moving the goal lines" by saying Tuesday he will not negotiate with Israel until the world recognizes the 1967 lines as the borders of a future Palestinian state, Israeli diplomatic officials said.
The senior officials also said unequivocally that there would be no further unilateral concessions to the PA prior to negotiations, such as the 10-month housing start moratorium in the settlements.
"If Abbas thinks he will get more from Israel by holding out on the negotiations, he is wrong," one official said. "There will be no more unilateral confidence-building measures to get to the negotiations."
The official, however, did not rule out such confidence-building measures once negotiations commenced.
Abbas announced earlier Tuesday that the Palestinians would not resume peace talks unless the international community recognized the 1967 borders as the boundaries of a future Palestinian state, an addition to his prior precondition - which he reiterated on Tuesday - that Israel must also halt all construction work in the settlements, including eastern Jerusalem.
Abbas made the announcement during a speech he delivered at a meeting of the PLO Central Council in Ramallah.
"We want the world to recognize the 1967 borders as the point of reference for the peace negotiations," Abbas said. "And when they do so, they must also recognize east Jerusalem as territory that was occupied in 1967."