A planned meeting between Israeli lawmakers and the Palestinian Authority president has been postponed, Israeli and Palestinian officials said Sunday.
More than 30 ministers and MKs had planned on traveling to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' West Bank headquarters on Tuesday for a pre-Rosh Hashanah toast, according to The Jerusalem Post. The lawmakers belong to the Caucus on Ending the Arab-Israeli Conflict, newly formed to support recently relaunched peace talks.
Officials on both sides said Sunday that the meeting had been delayed. Caucus Chairman MK Hilik Bar (Labor) said that Palestinian officials cited the crisis in nearby Syria and high-level Palestinian meetings Abbas is holding this week for the delay.
But Palestinian and Israeli officials scoffed at the idea that those reasons caused the delay, according to the Post report.
An Israeli spokeswoman said the meeting is expected to take place in the coming weeks.
Palestinian officials said the chief Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held a new round of talks on Saturday and are to meet again on Tuesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the sides are not supposed to discuss the negotiations.