Palestine's Leader Gets a Surprise Letter

Palestine National Authority Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh appears to have made some news just now in his remarks to us at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Shtayyeh was 30 minutes late for the session because, he said, he'd just received a letter from Israel indicating that Jerusalem intends to abide by the signed negotiating agreements that have antecedents all the way back to the Madrid Round of talks in 1993. The current form of the agreements and associated talks were suspended in May of this year. Dr. Shtayyeh indicated that talks could resume on political, health, and financial matters or “anything Israel is ready to do.” We’ll see. Don’t hold your breath. Dr. Shtayyeh was pressed by moderator and NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel on what the latter positioned as Palestine’s growing isolation in the region and beyond. Engel pointed out that the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan have recently recognized Israel, joining Jordan and Egypt in this regard. He rei

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