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PLO official: Israel not serious about peace talks
Published Monday 04/11/2013 (updated) 05/11/2013 08:38
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A laborer works atop a roof at a construction site in the settlement of
Maale Adumim in the West Bank. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun, File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Senior PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo said Monday that Israel is not engaging in peace talks with PLO negotiators, the official news agency Wafa reported.

"There is one party negotiating, and that is us, while the other party is not proposing anything that goes in line with international legitimacy and law," Abed Rabbo told Voice of Palestine radio.

Israel "responds to us not at the negotiating table, but with its bulldozers, settler hooliganism and all kinds of violations in Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque and everywhere else, " he added.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will try to salvage peace talks during a visit this week, but as yet there have been no "serious negotiations," Abed Rabbo said.

Israel issued tenders to build 1,859 settler homes in the occupied West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem on Sunday, ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Settlement watchdog Peace Now said that issuing building tenders was the last stage in the bureaucratic process and that homes could start going up shortly.

"Within a few months they will choose the winning bids and the successful contractors will be able to start building within a number of weeks (after that)," the group's Hagit Ofran said.

Senior PLO official Wassel Abu Yousef said that the PLO was considering a "mechanism to go the Security Council and the UN against these new Israeli decisions, especially as there are international resolutions that consider settlements illegal."

Whenever Netanyahu makes a small step towards peace, he makes two larger steps to make it harder to get to peace," Peace Now said.

"The tenders that were published today (Sunday) ... will not only make the talks harder but would create facts on the ground that will make the two-state solution much harder.

Peace Now's Ofran said that of the sites offered for sale on Sunday, 700 were in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo.

Previous plans to build there were announced during a March 2010 visit by US Vice President Joe Biden, sparking outrage in Washington, which had been trying to revive peace talks at the time.

AFP contributed to this report
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1 ) That was the agreement / FREE MURDERERS
04/11/2013 13:41
for BUILDING HOMES!

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
04/11/2013 14:27
Well, if he wants "anything that goes in line with international legitimacy and law," wouldn't that also mean putting Palestinian commanders on trial for the war crimes committed during the intifadas?

3 ) howard / usa
04/11/2013 17:45
thats right. israel is just in the habit of releasing murderers

4 ) Outlier / USA
04/11/2013 17:46
Advice to PLO: Fewer pronouncements, more negotiating.

5 ) Sam / UK
04/11/2013 23:24
In my opinions there is no point to the peace talks, no matter if there is a right wing government in power in Israel, Left wing, Center, Male/Female leaders history has shown that Palestinians as well and Israel's arab neighbors have never had much interest in negotiating or ending the conflict, ever. Nothing has changed now, the new generation has been indoctrinated with as much hate as the last, real peace can only come when there is a real partner for peace.

6 ) southparkbear / usa
05/11/2013 00:37
ok you have a chance to go back to zero. send back those murderers

7 ) Tibi / Tubas
05/11/2013 05:17
- Israel Is "serious about peace talks", just NOT Palestinian Statehood talks, like - Palestine Is "serious about Statehood talks", just NOT Israel peace & security talks, so - One will have a state without peace, and the other will have neither state, nor peace if it continues it's violent/terrorism "resistance".
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