PLO official: Palestinians reject interim peace deal with Israel

A PLO official on Monday said the Palestinians would not agree to an interim peace deal that would allow Israel to continue settlement building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
"In the absence of political will from the Israeli side to take the negotiations seriously, we believe that it is better not to reach a deal than to reach a bad deal, meaning an agreement based upon Israeli colonial ambitions rather than upon internationally accepted principles of international law," Palestinian news agency Ma'an quoted PLO negotiator and Fatah Central Committee Member Muhammad Shtayyeh as saying in a statement.
Shtayyeh said the continued construction of settlements over the Green Line signaled that Israel showed "no seriousness" and presented "the message that Israel is using negotiations only as a tool to avoid international pressure," Ma'an reported.
He added that the Palestinians were seeking a "comprehensive" deal that would call for such activities to cease.
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