It would be fool-hardy for Abbas to enter negotiations without an agreement that the talks would be based on the Quartet's March 19 statement. Otherwise there will be a two year negotiation about the size and shape of the table and that will end with both sides saying the other is not serious about peace. And round and round it goes until one day there is an event no one wants.
Islamic State destroys part of Syria's Temple of Bel, monitoring group says (Reuters)
from the article: Palestinians to decide on direct talks in two days, PA official says