The Palestinian Authority on Thursday stepped up its attacks on Israel
and reiterated its strong opposition to returning to the negotiating
table while construction in the settlements was continuing.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior PLO official closely associated with PA
President Mahmoud Abbas, accused Israel of "spreading lies" aimed at
depicting the Palestinians as not being interested in making peace.
Abed Rabbo claimed that Israel was responsible for media reports
according to which the PA had set new conditions for resuming
US-sponsored direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians.