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Egypt is promoting an Arab initiative by which the Palestinians would turn directly to the UN with demands for statehood and a halt to Israeli expansion of West Bank settlements, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Palestinian news agency Ma'an in an interview on Monday.
Erekat stated that the idea of going to the UN followed the United State's failure to prevent Israel from building in settlements.
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"When we talk about alternatives, this doesn’t mean failing [in the]
talks; we want them to succeed," Erekat told Ma'an. "The issue is not
easy and negotiation is a tool that is used to solve problems, not a
goal in itself. If Israel made the talks fail, then we will go to the
Erekat said that the new Arab initiative's goal was to end the
occupation of the West Bank and Gaza through the implementation of
exisiting UN resolutions. He added that ending the occupation had been
the original goal of the peace process as well.
The PA official blamed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for trying to alter the basic principles of the peace negotiations. He said that Israel was attempting to undermine the Palestinian Authority and make it just a name.