The Israeli government is becoming more racist, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Tuesday as he rejected a call by his counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, for the immediate resumption of talks to resolve the conflict.
Hamdallah told visiting French premier Manuel Valls that his government supported a new French initiative for an internationalized peace process that would begin with a June 3 Paris meeting with representatives from over 20 countries.
“This Israeli government has drifted further towards extremism and racism,” the Palestinian leader said.
“Its leaders incite and spew hatred against our people while expropriating our land and natural resources, and expanding illegal settlements,” he said as he described for Valls the harm caused to his people by Israel’s continued presence in the West Bank.
In his meeting with Hamdallah, Valls spoke against continued Israelis settlement activity which he said “weakens the prospect of the creation of a viable Palestinian state."