On the eve of US State Secretary John Kerry’s meeting with Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas, the PLO said that the Palestinians wouldn’t pay
attention to a “worthless” framework agreement presented by the US.
is expected to meet with Abbas in Ramallah on Friday.
Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo said that the Palestinians have already
spent the past few months negotiating with Israel, and there’s no need to start
new talks about the implementation of a new framework agreement.
Rabbo said that Kerry was now asking the Palestinians to agree to negotiations
with Israel over a new accord, which, he claimed, gives the Israelis control
over the Jordan Valley and restricts Palestinian sovereignty over Palestinian
Abed Rabbo said that the only way to achieve a breakthrough
is by drawing full borders between a Palestinian state and Israel, on the basis
of the pre-1967 lines – including east Jerusalem.
He also called for a
timetable for a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.
official dismissed the idea of a land swap that would place Israeli Arabs in the
Triangle area under the jurisdiction of a Palestinian state in return for
annexing settlements to Israel.
“The settlers are the ones who should get
out of the Palestinian territories, because they are violating international
law,” he said.
“No Palestinian state will be created without Jerusalem
and the Jordan Valley.”
Palestinian sources revealed Thursday that Kerry
would present the Israelis and Palestinians with a “blueprint” for a declaration
The sources said that the “blueprint” calls for an
extension of the peace talks beyond the nine-month deadline set by Kerry and
that expires in April 2014.
The sources told the Palestinian daily
Al-Quds that the “most dangerous” part of the “blueprint” is Israel’s demand
that the Palestinians recognize it as a Jewish state.
According to the
sources, Kerry is expected to return to the region once again next week to
pursue his efforts to convince the Palestinians and Israelis to move forward
with the talks.