Palestinians warn of 'new measures' if talks fail

By the Associated Press | January 3, 2012 | 7:36 AM EST

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Ronen Zvulun, Pool)

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president is threatening "new measures" against Israel if a much-anticipated meeting in Jordan fails to make progress.

The chief Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators are to meet in Jordan later on Tuesday with the goal of laying the groundwork for the resumption of peace talks. Negotiations have been stalled for more than a year.

The Palestinians say Israel must freeze settlement construction and agree to return to its pre-1967 lines for peace talks to resume. Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territories claimed by the Palestinians, in the 1967 war.

The Palestinians have set a Jan. 26 deadline for talks to resume.

If they don't, President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians will take alternative measures that "might be hard."