How else is one to know and 'get along' with the other party unless they talk directly with each other. As a kid, ever play 'broken telephone'? The longer Abbas balks at direct talks the longer Israeli's will get a chance to built on more Judean and Samarian land that is west of the Jordan adn potentially keep it. He has only himself to blame for this nonsense tactic.
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