Interview: PNA-Israel negotiations absurd, doomed to fail: PFLP spokesman

09:05, August 26, 2010      

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The direct negotiations between the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and Israel are absurd and doomed to fail, spokesman of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Maher al-Taher told Xinhua in an interview on Wednesday in Damascus.

"The talks will achieve nothing except fiasco as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his government's conditions over the Jewish state, the Israeli security and the disarmed Palestinian state," Taher said.

Netanyahu said on Sunday he wanted to "surprise the skeptics" by reaching a settlement with the PNA in the revived U.S.- sponsored direct negotiations due to start in early September.

The Islamic Hamas movement attacked Tuesday the direct talks, saying they are illegal and expressing serious fears for their potential negative effects on the Palestinian and Arab interests.

"Israel has refused to carry out the UN resolutions related to the Palestinian cause and continued persecuting the Palestinian people, confiscating their land, building settlements and judaizing Jerusalem," al-Taher said, adding "the international community had done nothing to force Israel to carry out the UN resolutions."

The senior PFLP official argued that the PNA was subjugated to resume the direct talks without any guarantee from the Israeli side over ending or even freezing settlement expansion or any reference for these talks.

The Israeli government and the PNA have both accepted a U.S. invitation to relaunch direct talks in Washington on Sept. 2.

"The United States has been standing alongside with Israel and has been pressuring the PNA, so we are convinced that there is no horizon for a political solution as Israel announces before the international community its refusal to pull out from the Palestinian territories it has occupied since 1967 and to the Palestinian self-determination," he said.

A few days ago, 11 Damascus-based Palestinian political factions rejected the PNA's decision to hold face-to-face talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.

PFLP, the second largest faction in the Palestinian Liberation Organization only after President Abbas' Fatah party, which is a leftist organization, has always refused PNA's tends to hold peace talks with Israel.

Source: Xinhua


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