The president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas, expressed his reservations to Barack Obama about the peace plan prepared by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Haaretz reported on Wednesday. According to the Israeli newspaper, Abbas did not feel that it was sufficient simply to pass his thoughts on to Kerry, so he sent them straight to the White House.
Haaretz said that Abbas took this step because of his disappointment about the proposed security arrangements in the occupied West Bank and the future of the peace process. An "unofficial memorandum" was sent to make sure that the door is kept open for US mediation in the issue.
On Tuesday, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat hailed Kerry's efforts on the negotiations portfolio, saying that Kerry is able to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.