Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder in the West Bank on Saturday, a Palestinian minister told Reuters.
The speech follows Lauder’s call to relaunch peace talks between the two groups.
Lauder, a US businessman and heir to the Estee Lauder Companies, told the Saudi Arab News newspaper on Sept. 16 that he hoped the White House-led deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain could revive talks between Israel and Bahrain. Palestinians.
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The Middle East has seen a change in attitude regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with some of the Gulf states indicating weariness in supporting the Palestinian cause.
In a recent interview-conference on the history recorded by former Saudi Arabian intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the prince called the Palestinian cause “right”
“The Palestinians are still under occupation,” said Marwan Muasher, a former Jordanian foreign minister. “Even if Israel signs peace agreements with all Arab states but does not come to terms with the Palestinians, you will not be able to achieve stability in the region.”
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A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that Lauder’s visit was not coordinated by or on behalf of the Trump administration and the White House has not made any statements or comments.
A Palestinian official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Lauder was not carrying a message from the White House.
A second Palestinian source said Abbas discussed the call he made to the United Nations last month for a UN-led peace conference early next year.
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The Jewish World Congress said in a statement that Lauder met Abbas “for a private visit at the invitation of Abbas to discuss a range of issues concerning Palestine and the Middle East.”