RAMALLAH, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas formed a committee to engage in talks with Israeli civil society leaders to support diplomatic peace negotiations.
Abdullah Abdullah, a member of the new committee, said it will "talk with all segments of Israeli society, including party leaders, Knesset members, academics and others."
"We are in a battle to restore our rights and reallocate our position from being under occupation to independence," Abdullah said, referring to the aim of the negotiations that the United States brokered their resumption last month.
"This battle has many fields, and the Israeli society is one of them," Abdullah told Xinhua.
Over the past two days, the committee held several meetings with Israeli journalists and conveyed to them the Palestinian intention to achieve peace, according to Abdullah.
He said the committee was not part of the Palestinian negotiations crew, but its role was a supplementary to the talks on the political level.
The committee, headed by Mohammed Al-Madani of Abbas' Fatah Central Committee, arranges a meeting between Palestinian and Israeli youths soon.
On Sept. 3, the committee will sponsor a meeting between Abbas and members of the Israeli Knesset in the first's office in Ramallah.
The negotiations resumed last month after nearly a three-year halt. The Palestinians often protest the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the land that would make most of the future Palestinian state.
Abbas ready to see Israeli PM if peace talks go ahead
RAMALLAH, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he doesn't mind meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should newly-resumed peace talks proceed.
"There are no obstacles or barriers for us to meet in the time that we think we should meet," Abbas told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Full story
Palestinians interested to see peace talks succeeding: Abbas
RAMALLAH, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday the Palestinian leadership is interested to see the ongoing U.S.-sponsored peace negotiations achieving success, state-run Wafa news agency reported.
The Palestinians are committed to establish just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution, Abbas told Israeli Knesset (parliament) members of the left-wing party of Meretz. Full story
Abbas calls for effective U.S. role in talks with Israel
RAMALLAH, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called for an effective U.S. involvement in the direct peace talks with Israel.
Abbas made the appeal during his meeting with Martin Indyk, the U.S. peace envoy who was elected recently as Washington managed to resume the long-stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians last month. Full story