Palestinian President Abbas gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Ramallah

 
Palestinian President Abbas gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Ramallah
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during a news conference after a meeting with members of the Israeli Peace Initiative in the West Bank city of Ramallah April 28, 2011. The Israel Peace Initiative, a private group that includes former politicians and security officials, wants Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to renew peace talks, which the Palestinians have frozen over his refusal to extend a partial building freeze in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Abbas signalled on Thursday that peace talks with Israel would still be possible during the term of a new interim government formed as part of a unity deal with the Islamist group Hamas. He was speaking for the first time since the unity deal between his Fatah movement and Hamas, a movement that has called for Israel's destruction, was unveiled in Cairo on Wednesday. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)