Saeb Erekat, who served as the Palestinian's chief negotiator in peace talks, issued a fiery retort to Israel's official rejection of a French-proposed initiative to restart peace negotiations.
"The Israeli government’s call for 'bilateral negotiations' is not a call for the achievement of the two-state solution, but an attempt at legitimizing its settlement enterprise and the imposition of an Apartheid regime," he said in a statement Thursday.
Erekat, who also serves as the PLO's secretary-general, called on Paris and the international community to "take immediate steps in order to give peace a chance"
He added that the Palestinians would continue efforts in support of the forum. The senior Palestinian Authority official also urged world players to acknowledge the "overdue" recognition of a Palestinian state, ban products made in Israeli settlements and issue overarching condemnation of Israeli policies that he claimed were "systematic violations of international law and UN resolutions."