At the request of U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration, Palestinian authorities have formed a team to negotiate with the new Israeli government, Israeli TV Channel 12 reported.
The channel quoted a “senior” Palestinian Authority official as saying that the PA would demand in negotiations with the new Israeli government a return to the situation that existed in the West Bank before the Second Intifada.
According to the report, the negotiating team will also demand that the PA’s role be expanded, especially with regard to security issues and taking “measures to build mutual trust in order to preserve the possibility of implementing the two principles as a state solution.”
It is also reported that the White House was working to form a Palestinian negotiating team even before the fall of the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Once it became clear that the new government would be led by Bennett, Biden accelerated agreement on its formation in order to negotiate “as quickly as possible.”
At the same time, it is reported that the Biden administration is “interested in opening channels of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue through Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Foreign Minister and alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid, rather than through the new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.”
This message confirms the attitude abroad toward Bennett as an extremist nationalist. There is a fear, a reluctance to negotiate through him, for fear of a known failure of negotiations with his participation.