Mahmoud Abbas what 58.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Israel will be to blame if peace talks fail, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday. "We
don't want to stop the talks, but if the building continues, we will
have to put a stop to them," Abbas said. "(Prime Minister Benjamin)
Netanyahu must know that peace is more important than settlements."
was speaking during a flight from Paris to Amman, AFP reported, and
said that the settlement construction issue would determine the outcome
of the talks.
Moratorium ends, but major building not expected
Abbas calls for Arab League meeting to consult on talks
He added that he would soon be making a speech at an Arab League meeting, in which he would announce some significant decisions.
Earlier on Tuesday, Abbas told radio station Europe 1 that he will stop talks if the settlement freeze is not reinstated.
ask for a moratorium during negotiations, because as long as there are
negotiations, there is hope," he reportedly told the radio station in
Also on Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, telling them that he believed it was possible to reach a historic peace agreement within a year.