Palestinians to make peace with Israeli government, not parties: official

08:31, May 31, 2011      

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The Palestinians want to make peace with Israel through its government, not through political parties, a Palestinian official said Monday.

"So far, there is no peace partner in Israel," said Saeb Erekat, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee, after Israel's Labor Party presented a new plan for peace with the Palestinians.

Israel must accept the two-state solution and suspend constructing Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories to let peace happen, Erekat said. "But so far, Israel has only chosen the policies of settlements, arrests and dictating facts on the ground."

Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, who was elected as head of the Labor Party's political committee, presented a plan adopting the 1967 lines as the basis of peace talks with the Palestinians, suggesting land swaps to keep settlement blocs in the West Bank within Israel's borders.

Ben-Eliezer also suggested freezing construction in the West Bank settlements to allow negotiations with the Palestinians to resume.

The peace negotiations were halted in September 2010, as Palestinians walked out of the talks protesting the resumption of Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank.

Source: Xinhua
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