Erakat: PM sabotaging talks for approving new houses
LAST UPDATED: 11/08/2010 19:57
PA negotiator slams PA for approving Interior Ministry plans to go ahead with construction of 1,3000 east Jerusalem homes.
Pisgat Ze'ev construction Photo: AP
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat on Monday accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of working to sabotage peace talks by approving the building of 1,300 new homes in east Jerusalem, AFP reported.
"We thought that Netanyahu was going to the US to stop settlement activity and restart negotiations but it is clear to us that he is determined to destroy the talks," Erakat told AFP.
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"He has shut all the doors to negotiations and we hold him responsible for destroying them," Erakat continued.
Erakat was responding to an
Interior Ministry announcement earlier on Monday saying that it is moving ahead with plans
to build 1,300 new apartments in east Jerusalem.
announcement comes as Netanyahu is visiting the
US and Washington is already frustrated over his refusal to curb
Palestinians condemned the plans saying that they want east Jerusalem for a future capital.
government plans to expand the Har Homa neighborhood by 978 apartments
and to build 320 new apartments in the Ramot neighborhood.
announcement comes a day after Netanyahu met with Vice President Joe
Biden. Biden earlier this year expressed his concerns over new building projects after Israel announced
construction plans in east Jerusalem while the vice president was