Lieberman: PA wants negotiations to fail

“Palestinians’ keeping armed struggle option alive undermines talks.”

May 23, 2010 18:17
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The Palestinians seemingly only entered into the proximity talks to avoid direct negotiations, and they would like them to reach a dead end, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a meeting with EU ambassadors in Israel on Sunday.

“There is real commitment and a will to reach a comprehensive agreement with the Palestinians on Israel’s part,” he told the ambassadors, but surmised that the other side only seems to have entered the talks pro forma.

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The Palestinian leadership’s declarations that they maintain the option of ‘armed struggle’ if talks do not proceed at a pace they approve, show they are not coming into the negotiations with clean hands, Lieberman said, adding, “there is no alternative to direct negotiations.”

Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee and former Palestinian envoy to Lebanon, said on Sunday that Fatah does not rule out the possibility of resuming an “armed
struggle” against Israel if the US-sponsored proximity talks fail.

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