Palestinian leadership holds Netanyahu puts more obstacles on already thorny path of peace

14:13, May 25, 2011      

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by Fares Akram, Emad Drimly

The Palestinian leadership on Tuesday slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before the U.S. Congress and said it doesn't lead to making peace.

In the meantime, a Palestinian official said that the leadership will ask President Mahmoud Abbas to deliver a speech responding to Netanyahu and also to U.S. President Barack Obama.

Earlier Tuesday, Netanyahu spoke to the Congress and repeated that Israel cannot withdraw to its pre-1967 lines, in a response to Obama, who urged Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks with the 1967 borders as the baseline of the negotiations. Obama also said there should be mutually agreed land swaps.

"What Netanyahu has proposed doesn't lead to peace," said Nabil Abu Rdineh, spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, "Instead, it puts more obstacles before the peace process."

"For us, peace must be achieved with the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital," Abu Rdineh added.

Netanyahu renewed his position that Jerusalem cannot be shared with the Palestinians. He also vowed to keep Israeli troops on the future Palestinian state's eastern borders with Jordan.

Saeb Erekat, a Palestinian negotiator, told Xinhua that Netanyahu has dictated new orders and obstacles on the way of peace.

"He has again proved that his program is irrelevant to peace," Erekat said.

Erekat also rejected Netanyahu's "attacks" on recent agreement that allows Abbas' Fatah party to reconcile with Gaza's Hamas rulers and open the door for a new phase of Palestinian national sharing of power.

The Egyptian-brokered agreement between Fatah and Hamas, the Islamic movement that has refused to recognize Israel, "is an internal affair and nobody has the right to intervene in this way, " Erekat said.

Netanyahu has called on Abbas to tear down the pact with Hamas and heads to make peace with the Jewish state.

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians stopped in September, when Israel resumed building in settlements inside the West Bank, which was occupied in 1967.

The Palestinian leadership will meet on Wednesday and Abbas will be asked to respond to Netanyahu and Obama, said Mohammed Ishteya, a Palestinian negotiator.

The Palestinian leadership had welcomed Obama's call for resuming the negotiations with the aim of reaching a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.

Ishteya said that the Palestinians should continue their drive to seek recognition in the United Nations General Assembly in September.

Source: Xinhua
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