- Jul 6, 2010
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Is Peres trying to convince Palestinians to refuse direct talks? - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel NewsFormer justice minister Haim Ramon of Kadima met earlier this month with Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat in an attempt to convince him to refuse direct Middle East peace talks, Israel Radio on Thursday quoted a source as saying.
The two met at the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem on July 8 . The source wholeaked news of their talks to Israel Radio said he happened to be in the hotel for a separate meeting, and was close enough to hear every detail of the conversation.
According to the source, Ramon told Erekat that he had been sent as an emissary of President Shimon Peres. Erekat was surprised by that piece of information, said the source, adding that Ramon confirmed he was indeed a third party in the matter.
Ramon reportedly proceeded to tell Erekat that the Palestinians must not enter direct negotiations with Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would inevitably refuse any demands posed to him.