The latest round of Palestinian autonomy talks between Israel, Egypt and the United States has run into trouble.
The latest round of Palestinian autonomy talks between Israel, Egypt and the United States has run into trouble. After the first day of the newly resumed talks in Haifa, it was apparent that major differences exist between Israel and the other two delegations. Israel was reportedly angered by American suggestions that the Palestine Liberation Organisation might soften its stand towards Israel and join the talks. Israel says it will never negotiate with the PLO. Egypt and Israel also come into conflict over Egypt's call for additions to a United Nations Resolution which recognises the right of Palestinians to determine their own future.
SYNOPSIS: There was little sign of the trouble ahead as the Egyptian delegation, led by Prime Minister Mustafa Khalil arrived in Israel for the resumption of the talks. After being met by Israel's Interior Minister Yosef Burg, Mr Khalil said he was hopeful the discussions would result in an agreement being reached.
Mr Begin himself has not been taking part in the talks but has been dept informed by telephone of the latest developments. This is the fifth time the three delegations have met to consider autonomy for Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and with the new deadlock observers say more talks are certain.