Erekat: Quartet must push Israel to end 'provocative' acts

In reaction to the announcement made by the US to resume direct negotiations Palestinian Authority negotiatior Saeb Erekat said Friday that he hoped the Quartet and others would work diligently to ensure the one-year time frame for talks is reached and press Israel to end "provocative acts."
"We hope that the Israeli government would refrain from settlement activities, incursions, siege, closures, and provocative acts like demolishing of homes, deporting people from Jerusalem in order to give this peace process the chance it deserves," he said.
A formal statement from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' office accepting the invitation was expected later Friday.