Palestinian official urges to fasten Israel-US talks on settlement

08:41, November 29, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The longer Israel and Washington hold talks on resuming the Middle East peace talks, the less hope the peace process has, a Palestinian official said Sunday.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)'s Executive Committee, said that Israel wants " to gain more time to create facts on the ground" during its talks with the United States, referring to the Jewish settlement building.

Abed Rabbo accused Israel of trying to get "a high price from Washington" in exchange for the building freeze "and this means that the peace process is no longer able to revive."

The Palestinians and Israel had resumed the direct talks in Washington early September under the U.S. mediation, but the talks broke down after a few weeks over a dispute on Israel's settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem which the Palestinians regard as the future capital of their independent state.

On Saturday, the Israeli media reported the talks with the U.S. administration collapsed.

However, top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Sunday the United States informed the Palestinians its discussions with Israel were still underway. Washington pledged to provide a package of security and diplomatic incentives to Israel in return for a temporary settlement moratorium.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:燕勐)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion