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The US' intention to upgrade current peace discussion between
Palestinians and Israelis to direct talks has been failing due to
Israel's actions, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in an
interview with a Palestinian radio station on Sunday.
"Israel refuses to give up the building in the settlements and to agree
to renew the negotiations that were impeded by this stumbling block and,
therefore, has failed in the intention to transform the proximity talks
into direct contacts," Erekat said.
'Direct talks depend on moratorium'
Obama: Progress made in peace talks
Erekat also dismissed Washington's reports of progress in the proximity
talks between both sides.Palestinian demands for a continuation of the freeze on settlement building before beginning direct talks stand in direct contrast to Israel's desire for direct negotiations before considering to continue the freeze .
Palestinians will have to move to direct negotiations for Israel to
extend its settlement moratorium, a top Israeli negotiator said ahead of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s meeting at the White
House on Monday.
direct talks, there’s no way he can extend the moratorium,” Mike Herzog
– who until recently served as Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s chief of
staff, in which capacity he frequently consulted with Obama
administration officials ahead of high-level visits – said of Netanyahu.