Originally posted by sharonbn
Leading the new initiative are Yossi Beilin, former Labor MK, now member of Meretz party, and former Palestinian minister Yasser Abbed Rabu. Ynet declines to reveal names of additional participants, but reports that Arafat, Abu Mazen and Abu Alla are aware of the agreement.
Ynet reports that the work on the agreement took 12 months and was financed by Switzerland. International involvement included Japan, EU and the US. The meetings took place in various places in the world, including the UK, Japan, Switzerland and Israel.
Israeli sources involved in the preparation of the agreement told Ynet that these understandings proove that "there is someone on the other side to talk to, and there is something to talk about."