In the planned meetings with Israeli politicians, Abbas hopes to brief them on his negotiations with Netanyahu’s predecessor, Ehud Olmert, in 2008, and reassure them that he is serious about peace talks, said a member of the committee who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations.
Abbas and Olmert made some progress toward a final deal, though gaps remained on key issues. Negotiations broke off in late 2008, as Olmert battled corruption allegations and was eventually forced to resign.
Abed Rabbo said Thursday that the Palestinians have not dropped two longstanding conditions for negotiations — Israel must stop settlement building and the contours of the Palestinian state must be negotiated on the basis of the borders Israel held before 1967.
Lapid, meanwhile, insists that Israel must retain east Jerusalem, the Palestinians’ hoped-for capital, and has not said whether he would push for a settlement freeze to clear the way for negotiations. But the overall tone of his party has been far more conciliatory than Netanyahu’s approach in recent years.
Yael German, an incoming legislator in Yesh Atid, said her party is serious about restarting negotiations.
‘‘We will insist on equality of the burden (of military service) but we will also insist on an immediate start to peace negotiations, not just to get into negotiations but in order to reach a final status agreement with the Palestinians,’’ she told Israel TV’s Channel 2 on Thursday.
Rabbi Dov Lipman, another Yesh Atid lawmaker, told The Associated Press: ‘‘We will not sit in a government that is not moving forward on both issues, and we have no doubt that we can make that happen.’’
Avigdor Lieberman, a key Netanyahu ally who until recently was foreign minister, told Israel Radio the next government must focus on domestic issues rather than peacemaking to avoid political paralysis, given lawmakers’ sharply divergent views.
‘‘If we want to founder from the outset, and embark upon endless internal struggles, then make foreign policy the top priority,’’ he said.
Laub reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writers Aron Heller and Amy Teibel in Jerusalem contributed reporting.