Palestinian factions reiterate rejection of direct peace talks (3)

10:27, September 03, 2010      

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"We should look for other alternatives that protect our rights, " he said.

It is the first time that Israel and the PNA decide to go for direct peace talks since the negotiation came to a halt in December 2008.

Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said before flying to Washington that the direct peace negotiations with Israel wouldn't succeed if Israel kept expanding settlement on the Palestinian territories, mainly in east Jerusalem. He also said that the Palestinians "won't loose anything if they go to the direct negotiations."

Abbas' Fatah party has meanwhile accused its rival Hamas of two successive attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday in the West Bank, where four Israelis were killed and two wounded. Fatah said that the attacks aimed "to ruin the direct peace negotiations and create a status of chaos in the territory."

The PNA and Islamic Hamas movement, which rule the Gaza Strip, traded accusations over intensive arrests on Thursday in the West Bank after Hamas claimed responsibility for two attacks on Israelis in the occupied territory.

The PNA said that Hamas' claims that hundreds of its supporters were arrested there "are no more than lies" while Hamas said that up to about 550 of its members and supporters had been detained.

Source: Xinhua

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