Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Israel of actively sabotaging peace talks, as the nine-month period for US-mediated negotiations which began in July came to an end on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, Israel never gave the negotiations a chance to succeed," the Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency quoted Erekat as saying.

"To build settlements in occupied land, kill Palestinians and demolish hundreds of Palestinian homes is certainly not the behavior of a government that wants to end occupation but of a government that wants to turn occupation into annexation," he charged.

Erekat claimed that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had taken advantage of the nine-month negotiating period to "consolidate [Israel's] Apartheid regime."



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