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Ba'ath-affiliated faction says talks 'waste of time'
Published Saturday 04/09/2010 (updated) 05/09/2010 14:50
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian faction within the PLO said Friday it rejected the Palestinian Authority's decision to resume direct negotiations with Israel, describing negotiations as "serving only Israel" and a "waste of time."

Arab Liberation Front official Ibrahim Az-Za'aneen said at an iftar dinner in Khan Younis that his movement "refuses negotiations in all its forms direct and indirect, as the PA agreed to negotiations because of US pressure on them to serve Israel's aim of continuing talks without any result."

Az-Za'aneen further said the ALF, affiliated to the Iraqi Ba'ath Party, will continue to support resistance against the occupation, adding that he hoped Islamic Jihad and Hamas would join the PLO "in order to form strong opposition to the Executive Committee's resolutions."

While the PLO endorsed a return to direct negotiations with Israel in late August, several factions within the body said only a minority had approved the decision.

President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu officially returned to the negotiation table on 2 September, 20-months after talks were broken off amid Israel's winter assault against Gaza.

Speaking to reporters on Friday during a brief break from re-launched peace talks, US Middle East envoy George Mitchell said Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed to meet every two weeks in the region to continue talks.

The first set of talks will take place on 14-15 September in the Middle East - likely in Egypt according to the Associated Press - where Mitchell and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in attendance.
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1 ) Khader / Palestine
04/09/2010 13:39
Look at what the Peace Process can do! to bring back from their burial places factions that always cared more about other Arab regimes than Palestine!

2 ) ronen / israel
04/09/2010 14:15
waste of time? did the negotiations interfered with their favorite tv show?

3 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA
05/09/2010 07:41
No, ronen / Israel, the negotiations during periods of theft of Palestinian land by the master land thieves of the Middle East, the Israelis, interfered with international law. But I forgot, since you are from Israel, you don't know what international law is.

4 ) ronen / israel
05/09/2010 12:13
#3 you are an american jew who is more palestinian than most palestinians in who write here. once you become holier than the pope than the conclusion is that you dont know what you are talking about and are a pathetic keyboard revolutionary. take off the che guevara t-shirt, arabs would despise you anyway for being a traitor to your own people.

5 ) Deir Yassin / France/Palestine
05/09/2010 13:11
# Ronen) There is no such thing as "Arabs would despise you anyway for being a traitor to your own people". There are traitors to JUSTICE, and Jews standing up for the Palestinians are the pride of their people. And they are numerous. In the future, the world will ask you: 'What were you doing while your country oppressed another people'. Prepare your defense.
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