Note again how Reuters conveniently divines for us what Abbas is feeling and thinking, rather than report on what he is actually saying and doing. From the Jerusalem Post:Abbas is wary of more direct talks with the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who he believes is not ready to make peace on terms the Palestinians can accept.
Abbas complained that Obama recently sent him an oral message urging him to launch direct negotiations with Israel unconditionally.
According to the PA president, Obama’s message was “unclear and ambiguous.”
Abbas was quoted as saying: “With all due respect to the American president, his message was not clear. We want to clear answers to questions we presented to the Americans, especially regarding security, borders and the status of Jerusalem. We continue to insist that any negotiations with Israel be based on recognition of 1967 as the future borders of the Palestinian state.”
Note also that this is the same guarantee the Palestinians demanded from the Quartet in November of 2008 following Abbas' rejection of former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert's peace offer. A demand that was respectfully declined by the Quartet.
Things are so much clearer when reporters report rather than propagandize.