PM's spokesperson slams PA for saying it is near collapse

December 20, 2011 10:11

The Prime Minister's spokesperson to the Arab media criticized Tuesday the Palestinian Authority for saying it is on the verge of collapse while simultaneously rejecting "Israel's repeated calls for peace talks."

"PA official [Saeb] Erekat says [sic] PA will collapse without the peace process, so why do they keep on rejecting Israel's repeated calls for peace talks?" spokesperson Ofir Gendelman tweeted.

On Monday, Erekat said in Bethlehem: “It is impossible to sustain the Palestinian Authority under the status quo. It cannot be maintained," adding that his comments were not meant as a threat, but rather a description of what would occur in the absence of peace.

Israel has said it would return to the negotiating table as long as there are no preconditions for peace talks.

The PA has said it would negotiate as long as Israel stops settlement construction and agrees to pre-1967 borders for the eventual Palestinian state.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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