If there was something worthwhile gong on we would hear about a change in core positions. There has been no such thing. Abbas is looking for free concessions to show Palestinians how successful he is in getting his people results. By now they should have learned that his Palestinian state ploy at the UN was meaningless.
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from the article: Abbas: Palestinians hope to restart peace talks with Israel this year