Walla report on PA-Israeli secret meetings “baseless” and “off the record,” says Erekat

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PLO Executive Committee Member and Chief Negotiator Dr. Saeb Erekat stated that the report by Israeli media on “secret contacts” between Israeli and Palestinian officials is “baseless.

Walla Israeli news website on Wednesday morning has reported secret meetings between Palestinian and Israeli officials, taking place for the purpose of  reducing the political tension between both sides.

Erekat said that the report was based on an “off the record source,”

Dr. Erekat added that the Palestinian leadership was fully committed to its internationalization strategy and alluded to the documents submitted by the State of Palestine to the International Community last month.

He added, further steps will follow in order to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for its violations of international law and Palestinian national and human rights.

According to the Hebrew website, secret meetings were led by representatives of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The report claimed that meetings  took place after the PA insisted on heading to the ICC and filing lawsuits against Israeli crimes, regarding last year’s Gaza aggression and the ongoing settlement constructions.

However, it claimed that these meetings “slowed down” Israeli settlement construction. The report added that a high-level Palestinian source said that the meetings focused on evaluating the the situation in the region, in an attempt to trigger the political stalemate.

The diplomat, according to Walla, said that the relax on giving Israeli permissions to Palestinian to enter Jerusalem, was based on an agreement between the two sides, to reduce tensions and find a way out of the current political crisis .

In turn, Netanyahu’s office rejected the report.