Abbas looking unhappy 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
As Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas restated his goals for
negotiations with Israel, recently-resigned PA negotiator Mohamed Shtayyeh said
that Israel was not a “serious” peace partner.
Abbas said over the
weekend that he would not sign any agreement with Israel that did not establish
an independent Palestinian state.
Abbas also reiterated his insistence on
finding a solution to the problem of Palestinian refugees based on the
guidelines of the Arab Peace Initiative published in 2002.
He vowed to
continue working to secure the release of all Palestinian prisoners in the frame
of a future peace agreement with Israel.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Shtayyeh said
in an interview with Palestine TV on Saturday that the Israeli government’s
decision to return to the peace talks was a “tactical move to appease the
Israel, he charged, has not changed its
strategy, which is “based on settlements, destruction and
Shtayyeh said that the peace talks were “pointless” in light of
continued construction in the settlements
. He called for holding an
international conference to solve the Israeli- Palestinian conflict like the
recent Geneva meetings on Syria and Iran.