Abbas slams Netanyahu for stalling talks (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet Published: 06.26.12, 09:41)
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Palestinian president tells Russian news agency Interfax that PM
ignored core issues raised by PA; says ´continued construction of
Jewish homes spreading like crayfish in West Bank´
Ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas leveled criticism at Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu over the letter exchange between the two leaders.
In an interview published by Russian news agency Interfax on Tuesday,
Abbas said the letter Netanyahu handed to the Palestinian Authority
contained a message that was "too general" and did not address the
demands stipulated by Ramallah.
Abbas noted that the political deadlock stemmed from the continued
construction in the settlements, adding that "unfortunately, Prime
Minister Netanyahu´s reply (to my letter) did not address the essence
of the problems I presented, which are the core issues in our
The Palestinian president mentioned the issues allegedly disregarded
by Netanyahu, saying they included "the borders of the Palestinian
state and withdrawal from occupied territories."
According to Abbas, Netanyahu´s reply only called for a return to the
negotiations table, without addressing the commitment to freeze
settlement construction in the West Bank.
´The continued construction of Jewish homes is spreading like
crayfish in the West Bank, resulting in a standstill," Abbas noted,
adding that "the ball is in Israel´s court."
Abbas further claimed that the Palestinians have
demonstrated "extreme flexibility" in similar situations in the
past. "We agreed to indirect talks, overtures, and even direct
negotiations with the aim of obtaining a peace agreement that is
based on past agreements adopted by the parties and guided by the
principle of ´land for peace´."
On Monday, Putin and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the issue of
deadlocked talks, the former urging both sides to return to the
Netanyahu replied to Putin saying "Mr. President, we all aspire for
peace. We are interested to discuss ways in which Russia can help
Israelis and the Palestinians promote peace even during these trying
"The key to peace is complex, but ultimately very simple. Either
Abbas comes here, or I´ll go to him and I am ready for both options,
but we must start taking," he said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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