source: http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPol...aspx?id=241216The EU's 27 foreign ministers threw their weight Monday behind calls for immediate direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, a move applauded in Jerusalem as the type of international position needed to get the PA back to talks.
Only if the international community makes clear to the PA that there is no way to bypass negotiations on the way to statehood will they return to the talks, officials in Jerusalem said in response to the EU call.
The EU's foreign ministers met in Brussels for their monthly meeting a day after Quartet envoys met in the same city and said that the parties would be contacted in the coming days about setting up a meeting.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday night, and said he would be willing to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas anytime. Ashton participated in Sunday's Quartet meeting.
Diplomatic officials acknowledged that once the Quartet formally sent out invitations to a meeting, it would be difficult for either side to refuse, lest they be seen as the party responsible for a lack of movement...