It has been revealed in The Times of Israel that the Palestinian Authority proposed closed door meetings to define Palestine’s borders.
The meetings between former Israeli interior minister Silvan Shallom and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat took place in Jordan on 24 July, 2015. The Amman meeting was described as a “trust-building” move.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sought to jump start peace talks in September 2014 with a precondition of setting the future borders of a Palestinian state at the beginning of negotiations.
Shalom believed however that if Palestinians would get territorial assurances for a state, they would become unwilling to compromise on other core issues that need to be resolved, such as security arrangements, Jerusalem and refugees.
Shalom later resigned in disgrace with colleagues filing sexual harassment claims against him.