The talk comes after Lauder’s call for a revival of peace talks between the two groups.
Lauder, an American businessman and heir to the companies of Estee Lauder, told Saudi Arabia’s Arab News on September 16 that he hopes the White House-led deal between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will revive talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Middle East witnessed a shift in attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with some Gulf states indicating fatigue with championing the Palestinian cause.
In a recent lecture on the date of the interview recorded by the former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Emir described the Palestinian cause as “fair”, but said that “its defenders are failures,” while the “unfair” Israeli case “proved that it was” successful , The Wall Street Journal reported.
“The Palestinians are still under occupation,” said Marwan Muasher, the former Jordanian foreign minister. “Even if Israel signs peace agreements with all Arab countries but does not reconcile with the Palestinians, it will not achieve stability in the region.”
A Palestinian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that Lauder was not carrying a message from the White House.
A second Palestinian source said Abbas discussed his call at the United Nations last month for a UN-led peace conference early next year.
The World Jewish Congress said in a statement that Lauder met Abbas “on a private visit at the invitation of Abbas to discuss a range of issues related to Palestine and the Middle East.”
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