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Erekat: PA won't negotiate with Israel past the agreed upon 9 months
Published Tuesday 21/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 18:54
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority will not agree to continue ongoing negotiations with Israel even one day after the agreed upon nine-month time frame is over, the chief of the Palestinian negotiation team told Ma'an on Tuesday.

Saeb Erekat told Ma'an via telephone that the issue of extending negotiations past the nine month deadline has not been posed nor requested, and would not be accepted.

He added, "we will not agree on an extension even for one day, nor shall we agree on any temporary solutions. We resumed negotiations under clearly defined terms about the final status and within a nine-month time frame."

Erekat also denied that there have been any negotiations through secret channels in Washington. He highlighted that the Palestinian negotiation team could meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry next week.

"Some are talking about secret talks in Washington, while I am in Jericho! This is completely false," he added.

The chief PLO negotiator pointed out that meetings between the PA negotiators and John Kerry take place bilaterally without the Israeli side.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Monday reiterated that the PA would remain committed to talks with Israel until the nine-month time frame agreed upon by both sides is over.

The London-based al-Hayat newspaper earlier quoted western sources as saying that Kerry had started to consult the Palestinian Authority and Israel over a possible extension of the given time frame until the end of 2014.

Direct negotiations began in July between Israel and the Palestinians in a US-led attempt to restart the deadlocked peace process.

Israel has announced plans to build thousands of homes in illegal settlements across the West Bank over the course of the talks, inhibiting US efforts.

The Palestinian negotiating team resigned in protest against continued Israeli settlement construction in mid-November, dealing a major blow to negotiations between Israel and the PLO that had already been stalled.

Negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh told AFP at the time that they resigned in response to "increasing settlement building (by Israel) and the absence of any hope of achieving results," following Netanyahu's announcement that Israel would build 20,000 new settlement homes in the West Bank.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
21/01/2014 12:37
Palestinian writes an interesting article about this: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4138/palestinians-israelis-minds-of-peace

2 ) tod / US
21/01/2014 21:29
'Any Jew who wants to live in our community, following the rules which this entails, must be free to do so. It’s quite a different story, however, to request that the settlers who arrived here by force and in defiance of international law can ipso facto be entitled to see their actions justified. In other words, those who want to live in a future Palestinian state must do so under the law and not as colonialists'. http://972mag.com/colonizing-west-bank-in-the-name-of-security-and-religion/27965/

3 ) shirley / australia
21/01/2014 23:08
abass is fullof it he will talk till there is nothing left and he has helped US destroy mEthe us will not support 2 states it is pipe dream if abass thinks the us will cahnge its position think again and as last avenue to get what they want imperail agenda the state of palestine stands in the way and abass will only come under more unrelenting pressure and US schemes he is heading for defeat and taking everyone else down with him

4 ) @ Erekat / USA
21/01/2014 23:48
- You must realize, that "No Peace Talks" Means No Statehood Talks too !! - Do you honestly believe that impoverished Palestine needs statehood, less than prosperous Israel needs peace, after thriving for 65 years without it ??

5 ) ian / australia
22/01/2014 01:05
#1 "Palestinian writes an interesting article about this..." Yes , it IS interesting, Brian, in a Lord Haw Haw sort of way. But how about some background context for the Gatestone Institute? John R. Bolton (Bush era neocon) is Chairman. Elie Wiesel (Holocaust fabulist) is on the Board of Advisors. Contributing writers include Moshe Yaalon (Phil Silvers look-alike), Alan Dershowitz (shameless firster), Natan Sharansky (George Bush's hero) and an assortment of superannuated Zealots

6 ) ian / australia
22/01/2014 01:06
(contd.) from the war-on-terror days including Daniel Pipes and Douglas J. Feith. And how about the current most viewed articles: "The Islamization of Germany in 2013", "Let's Burn the Jew" is not Anti-Semitic?", "Europe's New Crowd-Pleasing Jew-Hate" etc. Gettin' the picture?

7 ) ian / australia
22/01/2014 02:23
#1 "Palestinian writes an interesting article about this..." Yes , it IS interesting, Brian, in a Lord Haw Haw sort of way. But how about some background context for the Gatestone Institute? John R. Bolton (Bush era neocon) is Chairman. Elie Wiesel (Holocaust fabulist) is on the Board of Advisors. Contributing writers include Moshe Yaalon (Phil Silvers look-alike), Alan Dershowitz (shameless firster), Natan Sharansky (George Bush's hero) and an assortment of superannuated Zealots

8 ) ian / australia
22/01/2014 02:24
(contd.) from the war-on-terror days including Daniel Pipes and Douglas J. Feith. And how about the current most viewed articles: "The Islamization of Germany in 2013", "Let's Burn the Jew" is not Anti-Semitic?", "Europe's New Crowd-Pleasing Jew-Hate" etc. Gettin' the picture?

9 ) @ Mr Erekat / Tubas
22/01/2014 02:48
-1- If PALESTINE IS ever GOING TO BECOME A real STATE, it is only going to happen ONE WAY, which is PEACE TALKS, and -2- Palestine needs to become a state immediately, before settlements grow bigger, making Area C Israel's, instead of Palestine's, so -3- An "negotiations past the agreed 9 months" should happen, and -4- You must make the required compromises (borders, Jerusalem, refugees, etc.) before it is too late !!!!

10 ) Outlier / USA
22/01/2014 19:15
The Erekat "full employment, full vacation" plan. Pitiful.
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