PA official gives Israel, US week to find freeze solution

Sha'ath warns there won't be talks if building in West Bank is not halted; Abbas says will stop negotiations if freeze not reinstated.

September 28, 2010 14:31
1 minute read.
Children throw pebbles into cement mixer in Adam.

311_Adam settlement building. (photo credit: Associated Press)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Palestinian Authority negotiator Nabil Sha'ath said on Tuesday that the Palestinians are giving the US and Israel four or five days to a week to find a solution to the issue of the West Bank settlement freeze.

Sha'ath said that there will not be talks between Israel and the Palestinians until building is frozen in the West Bank.

"Maybe the Israelis will examine their stance on the issue and understand the whole world opposes the continuation of building in the settlements," Sha'th continued.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told radio station Europe 1 that he will stop talks if the settlement freeze is not reinstated, AFP reported 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 Binyamin] Netanyahu must know that peace is more important than settlements."

"We ask for a moratorium during negotiations, because as long as there are negotiations, there is hope," he reportedly told the radio station in Arabic.

Earlier on Tuesday, Fatah official Marwan Barghouti said that "without requiring Israel to return Palestinian refugees, negotiations are worthless . In an interview with Al-Hayat, Barghouti said Israel's leadership is "not serious and not trying to achieve peace."

"If the US will continue to favor Israel without pressuring it to end the occupation and return to 1967 borders, peace efforts will fail," he explained.

Barghouti, who is currently serving 67 life sentences in an Israeli prison, also announced his continued support for the armed struggle against Israel.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Iran FM Zarif, EU Foreign Affairs Rep. Mogherini, and Iranian and Russian officials in Vienna 2015
May 23, 2019
Iran tells German envoy its patience to save nuclear deal is over - Fars