Abbas: Settlement freeze not enough to restart peace talks

Abbas says Israeli settl

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's plan to temporarily halt new construction of West Bank settlements as insufficient on Friday, saying Palestinians don't accept Israel's tack in trying to restart peace negotiations. The PA president said during his first visit to Venezuela that "we can't accept the current Israeli government's concept for the negotiations." "We don't have any condition to restarting negotiations except the commitment of the two sides to the foundations of the peace operation according to the road map, and especially stopping the expansionist activities of the Israelis," Abbas told lawmakers, speaking through an interpreter.