Sha'ath: Only Netanyahu can save talks by extending freeze

September 26, 2010 14:15


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Palestinian Authority negotiator Nabil Sha'ath said that direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians are in the hands of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and only he can "neutralize the explosive situation" by extending the moratorium on West Bank settlement construction, Israel Radio reported on Sunday.

Sha'ath added that if Netanyahu fails to extend the building freeze and peace talks subsequently fail, Israel will be held fully responsible.

Sha'ath arrived in Paris on Sunday along with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as Israelis and Palestinians try to find a compromise on the issue of the moratorium which was scheduled to end on Sunday night.

Abbas was scheduled to meet with leaders of the French Jewish community and later with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister Francois Fillon. Sarkozy was expected to try and convince Abbas not to leave peace talks with the Israelis.

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