Abbas: Halting settlement activity a duty, not a condition

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 2, 2012 21:19

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Stopping Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem is an obligation, and not a condition for returning to peace talks, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday.

Still, if Israel agrees to stop building settlements, the PA is prepared to return to the negotiating table, Abbas said during a cornerstone laying ceremony at a new building at the Palestinian embassy in Egypt.

Abbas, who was in Cairo to meet with senior Egyptian officials as well as a Hamas delegation, slammed Israel for refusing to recognize "international legitimacy."

"There are obstacles placed by the Israeli side on the path of the diplomatic process," Abbas said. "[Israel] refuses refuses until now to recognize international legitimacy, and refuses to stop settlement activities."

"When Israel accepts these commitments we will be fully ready to return to negotiations," he said.

Related Content

Breaking news
August 15, 2018
U.S. targets Chinese and Russian firms with North Korea-related sanctions

By REUTERS