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Report: British Jews cancel Abbas meeting

Jan. 23, 2012 11:32 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 23, 2012 11:34 A.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Jewish community leaders in Britain canceled a meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit to London last week, an Israeli newspaper reported Monday.

The meeting was supposed to be one of several Abbas has held with Jewish leaders around the world in an effort to increase pressure on Israel to move forward with peace talks, Haaretz reported.

However, the meeting in Britain was called off following a request from representatives of the Israeli Prime Minister's Office and the Israeli Embassy in London, according to the report.

The British government sought to convince the Jewish leaders to hold the meeting, Haaretz said.

The report says the Palestinian envoy in London sought to arrange the meeting several weeks ago. Manuel Hassassian and British Foreign Office officials asked leaders of the Jewish community to attend.
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