´Peace process clinically dead, Israel responsible´ (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 06/18/12)
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Abbas says PA fulfilled all obligations, accuses Israel of working to
destroy 2-state solution through settlement policy.
The peace process is clinically dead and Israel bears full
responsibility, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
“The ball is in the Israeli court,” Abbas said in a speech at a
conference on Jerusalem that was held in Ramallah.
The Palestinians, he added, have fulfilled all their obligations in
line with international agreements.
Abbas also accused Israel of working to destroy the two-state
solution through its settlement policy.
“We have emphasized that we are in favor of the two-state solution
and reaching a settlement through negotiations,” he said. “The
negotiations should lead to recognition of a Palestinian state with
full sovereignty on the 1967 borders.”
Abbas’s comments came as chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat was
preparing to leave for Washington for talks with US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton on ways of reviving the stalled peace talks
A PA official said that Erekat would reiterate the Palestinian
conditions for resuming the peace talks: a cessation of settlement
construction and recognition of the pre-1967 lines as the future
borders of a Palestinian state.
“Erekat will demand that the US administration exert pressure on the
Israeli government to stop construction in the settlements and east
Jerusalem,” the official told The Jerusalem Post.
The official said that the Israeli government’s policy on settlements
was “endangering the peace process and playing into the hands of the
enemies of peace.”
Abbas’s spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaineh, said Sunday that the PA
president was prepared to meet with Netanyahu if the latter released
Palestinian prisoners who were imprisoned before the signing of the
Oslo Accords and allowed the PA to import weapons and equipment for
its security forces in the West Bank.
Abu Rudanieh said the PA leadership still has not decided to resume
its effort to achieve UN recognition of a Palestinian state. He told
the Bethlehembased Ma’an news agency that the Palestinians would
decide on the matter after consulting with Arab countries.
Abu Rudaineh said that the PA leadership would also wait to see if
the US would present new ideas to revive the peace process during
Erekat’s visit to Washington this week.
“We want real American pressure that would force Israel to halt
settlement construction,” the spokesman said.
“But if Israel doesn’t present anything, we will ultimately go to the
Abu Rudaineh said that Kadima Party chairman Shaul Mofaz has asked to
meet with Abbas. No date has been set for the meeting, which will not
take place this month anyway, Abu Rudaineh said.
He said that such a meeting, when and if it takes place, would not
mean that the Palestinians have agreed to resume the peace
negotiations with Israel. “We don’t refuse to meet with any Israeli
official,” he explained. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 06/18/12)
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