Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's spokesman Mark Regev on Tuesday responded to PLO comments that Israel was destroying a two-state solution by saying that the "reason for the impasse in the peace process is the Palestinian decision to boycott peace negotiations."
Regev said the Palestinians have consistently refused to negotiate with the Netanyahu government, and have therefore created a situation where there has been no substantive progress for months.
Regev said Israel was "concerned about some of the extremist language used by Palestinian officials. Their refusal to acknowledge a Jewish connection to Jerusalem, which is to ignore 3,000 years of history, would seem to be more appropriate coming from extremist elements, rather than people who profess to be committed to peace."
Regarding the criticism of Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, one government official said the PA – which has said continuously that the current government is an "obstacle to peace" – has no right to criticize the foreign minister for using the same words against Abbas.