Israeli meeting with Abbas delayed

JERUSALEM — A planned meeting between Israeli lawmakers and the Palestinian president has been postponed, Israeli and Palestinian officials said Sunday.

The lawmakers had planned on traveling to the West Bank headquarters of President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday. The lawmakers belong to a new caucus formed to support recently relaunched peace talks.

Officials on both sides said the meeting had been delayed. An Israeli spokeswoman cited the crisis in Syria and high-level Palestinian meetings Abbas is holding this week. The meeting is expected to take place in the coming weeks.


Palestinian officials said the chief Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held talks on Saturday and are to meet again Tuesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the sides are not supposed to discuss the negotiations.

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Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday tried to soothe his jittery nation about the standoff between the United States and Syria, saying that Israel is ‘‘calm and self-assured’’ and ready for any outcome.

Israeli media commentators criticized Obama for appearing indecisive, after signaling last week that a US military strike was imminent.

Associated Press