debkafile reports: Palestinian sources deny formula for Middle East conference in November agreed by Olmert and Abbas

While still divided on core issues of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas were reported to have agreed in Jerusalem Wednesday, Oct. 3, that the conference would mark the take-off of negotiations on a permanent settlement without limitation on time or agenda and within the framework of the Middle East roadmap. The next day, sources close to Abbas denied foregoing a timeline and agenda. debkafile‘s Middle East sources report that the formula as first released almost certainly guarantees that Saudi Arabia and Egypt will boycott the Annapolis conference.
On a related issue, our Palestinian sources deny Arab media claims that Mahmoud Abbas had agreed to enter into fresh dialogue with Hamas brokered by Egypt.

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