Abbas 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned on Tuesday that the
continued stalemate in the peace process would have a “negative impact” on
Palestinians and Israelis.
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“At present, there is no movement in the peace
process,” Abbas said in an interview with the PA’s Al-Ayyam
newspaper. “America has failed to convince Israel to stop the settlement
construction for a certain period of time in return for weapons and security
Abbas said that he was still waiting to hear new proposals
from the US regarding the revival of the peace talks with Israel.
continued stalemate is not good because we don’t want people to become
frustrated,” Abbas said. “The Palestinian and Israeli peoples are ready for
peace and the region is awaiting peace. No one knows what would happen if
there’s no progress.”
He added that he would be prepared to talk to
Israelis after Israel freezes construction in the settlements. He rejected
Israel’s talk about the possibility of conducting peace talks in a closed
“They always say these things,” Abbas said. “But we say that we are
prepared to talk with them after they stop the settlements. The obstacle is not
with us. Cessation of settlement construction is an American and international
Abbas said that the Palestinians were now proceeding on four
tracks: building state institutions by September, seeking international
recognition of a Palestinian state, reviving the peace process and achieving
reconciliation with Hamas.
Abbas is due to return on Wednesday to
Ramallah, where he will receive condolences over the death of his older brother,
Ata Abbas, who died in Syria earlier this week.