Erekat: Israel obstructs Arabs efforts to succeed Mideast peace

19:16, June 04, 2010      

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U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell waves to the media beside chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (2nd R) before Mitchell's meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) in the West Bank city of Ramallah June 2, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Friday accused Israel of blocking the Arabs efforts to make real peace in the Middle East.

"Israel refuted the efforts, which exerted by the Arabs to recognize Israel and normalize ties with it for putting an end to the occupation of the Arab and Palestinian territories," said Erekat in a press statement sent to reporters.

Erekat made the statement marking the 43 anniversary for the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian and Arab territories. In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem as well as Arab territories.

"After 43 years of occupation, Israel seems to have chosen Apartheid over peace. The Israeli colonization process destroys any hope for a two-state solution," said Erekat.

"The ongoing provocations and systematic discrimination against Palestinians signify Israel's continuous disrespect of international law and human rights and destabilize the region," he added.

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