The Palestinian Authority reiterated Monday that there would be no agreement
with Israel without the release of Palestinian prisoners.
announcement came in response to a report in Maariv according to which US
Secretary of State John Kerry had threatened the Palestinians that the release
of prisoners, slated for later this month, would be postponed.
accept any delay in the release of prisoners,” said Nabil Abu Rudaineh,
spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas. “Also, there will be no peace without
PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo criticized Kerry for
trying to “appease” Israel.
Abed Rabbo told the Voice of Palestine radio
station that Kerry was to blame for the current crisis in the peace talks with
“Apparently, Kerry wants to appease Israel by fulfilling its
expansionist demands in the Jordan Valley under the pretext of security,” the
PLO official charged. He also accused Kerry of backing Israel’s “expansionist
ambitions of settlement activities in Jerusalem and the West Bank.”
Rabbo claimed that Kerry was trying to “buy Israeli silence” over the recent
nuclear deal between Iran and the six big powers. “Kerry is trying to achieve an
imaginary success on the Israeli-Palestinian track at our expense,” he
Abed Rabbo also accused Kerry of endorsing a “disparaging”
attitude in his dealings with the Palestinians. The US, he continued, should
appease Israel at the expense of its own interests and not those of the
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