Palestinian Authority officials on Tuesday dismissed as “valueless” reports that
Israel and the US have been working to develop a new framework to revive the
The officials said that the PA was determined to proceed
with its plan to ask the UN in September to recognize a Palestinian state on the
pre-1967 lines, despite the reports about the Israeli-US
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According to the reports, the effort to revive the peace
negotiations on the basis of US President Barack Obama’s two-state vision is
aimed at persuading the PA to abandon its statehood bid at the
Earlier this week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that his government had been working with
the Obama administration, and other members of the Mideast Quartet – the US, UN,
Russia and the EU – on a working document for renewed peace talks, and that the
coordination with Washington was better than expected.
Yasser Abed Rabbo,
secretarygeneral of the PLO, said that the talk about a US-Israeli package was
“valueless,” and part of Netanyahu’s “ploys and political
Abed Rabbo added that recent US proposals for resuming the
talks were in violation of international legitimacy, and did not constitute a
basis for the resumption of the peace process.
negotiator Saeb Erekat also dismissed talk about a US-Israeli agreement that the
pre-1967 lines would be the basis for future peace talks.
that reports that Netanyahu has accepted the agreement should be viewed as a
“Why doesn’t Netanyahu declare with his own voice that
he accepts the 1967 borders as the basis for a two-state solution?” Erekat
asked. “Why doesn’t he announce a cessation of settlement construction?” Erekat
accused Netanyahu of playing with words.
“Netanyahu’s office said that
he’s prepared to discuss such a formula and not accept it, and there is a big
difference between the two,” he said.
Nabil Sha’ath, a member of the PA
negotiating team and a close adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said that
the PA would go ahead with its statehood initiative, despite the talk about a
Sha’ath told foreign diplomats in Ramallah that the
PLO, the PA and Fatah have all approved the plan to seek UN recognition of a
Palestinian state in September.
Sha’ath warned the US against vetoing the
PA plan at the UN Security Council, saying such a move would harm the US’s image
in Arab and Islamic countries.