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Erekat: The US administration has not delivered a draft agreement
Published Saturday 08/03/2014 (updated) 10/03/2014 16:06
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A view over the Citadel, also known as the Tower of David, in East
Jerusalem (MaanImages/file).
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The chief Palestinian negotiator said on Saturday that the US administration has not yet delivered any written framework agreement to the Palestinian Authority nor to Israel, denouncing claims otherwise as "baseless."

Saeb Erekat also told Ma'an on Saturday morning that "the US administration has never suggested that Beit Hanina would be the capital of the future Palestinian state," referring to rumors that Palestinians would be offered a single suburb of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem as their capital.

"We have not received any written framework agreement and we have never been told during any meeting with Israeli and US officials that Beit Hanina would be a capital of the state of Palestine. Everything that has been said in media outlets is baseless, he said.

Asked whether Israeli prime minister Netanyahu might have received a written agreement during his recent visit to Washington, Erekat said: "I am not Netanyahu's spokesman."

Erekat also told Ma'an that "neither side has been asked to postpone the deadline," reiterating that postponing an agreement is unacceptable to the Palestinians.

Erekat's statements come after Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas denied the validity of a report in the Palestinian newspaper Al Quds that claimed that US president Barack Obama had delivered a written copy of a suggested framework agreement to Israeli premier Netanyahu and Saeb Erekat.

The report also claimed that the draft agreement suggested that the Beit Hanina neighborhood in the northern part of East Jerusalem could be a capital of the future Palestinian state, despite the fact that Palestinians consider East Jerusalem in its entirety as their capital.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to arrive in Washington DC on March 17 for talks with US president Barack Obama.

Saeb Erekat has already visited Washington and held talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Direct negotiations began in July between Israel and the Palestinian Authority 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 internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Shira / USA
08/03/2014 20:12
It's really quite simple. If US politicians had the political will to demand Israel remove it's illegal settlers from the West Bank and East Jerusalem they would have done it ages ago. Unfortunately for the cause of human rights Israel continues on its perilous misadventure with colonialism and apartheid.

2 ) Tobias / USA
08/03/2014 20:40
It Matters Not All what (or even if) a draft is delivered by the USA, since: -1- There will be No Agreement either way, and thus -2- There will be No Palestinian Statehood or changes either !!

3 ) Outlier / USA
08/03/2014 20:45
Both sides hope the US will do the heavy lifting towards an agreement and both will blame the US when their fondest "pie in the sky" hopes are not met in the proposal. Israel just may be able to go on forever with the current situation, but the Palestinians probably cannot, so they have hard decisions to make.

4 ) ian / australia
09/03/2014 06:18
Pretty photo of the Tower of David except that it's not the Tower of David, it's a minaret built 2,500 years after the time of King David (if there was a King David) by Ottoman Turks, which is pretty much the case with Jewish "remnants" in Jerusalem except for the odd pile of rocks like Hezekiah's Broad Wall. The irony is that Palestinians, who live in the real world and have no need to fabricate heritage or identity, would gladly cede the Citadel of David, indeed, the whole Jewish Quarter,

5 ) ian / australia
09/03/2014 06:19
(contd.) inc. HaKotel to Israel in a fair peace deal leaving Israelis free, on THEIR side of the border, to indulge in whatever fantasies about their origins and identity they care to. And if they want to declare themselves the "Jewish State", the historic home of the Jewish people and have bizarre, supremacist statutes like the Law of Return, Palestinians, safe in Palestine, would not object, it being both out of their control and none of their business. Palestinians are in the unique position

6 ) ian / australia
09/03/2014 06:23
(contd.) of saying to their Jewish "cousins", since the Revelation of Islam, we no longer believe the teachings of Tanakh as we did when we were "Jews". G-d (swt) has overturned them. And of course, some embraced the radical, non-Judean reformer, Jesus as the Mashiach foretold in scripture with all his vitriol toward the perversion forged by the Levites by the waters of Babylon. And, of course, these Christian Palestinians are still there, living alongside their Muslim brothers and sisters,

7 ) ian / australia
09/03/2014 06:24
(contd.) bonded together as Palestinians, in their historic home and suffering under the yoke of the common oppressor.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
09/03/2014 07:39
'The US administration has not delivered a draft agreement' They're trying to come up with palatable synonyms for 'ghetto police,' 'Bantustan,' and 'cage.' Also, they're working on how to express 10% as a large number.

9 ) carine / UK
09/03/2014 15:04
#2 - Directly from Hasbara Central to Tobias's fingertips! Do you get paid for repetitive posts?

10 ) Think / About It
09/03/2014 15:16
Jerusalem was a capital of only one state through the History - Israel. Jerusalem is a capital of Israel now. Jerusalem will be a capital of only one state in the future - Israel. Palestinians should abandon their fantasies about having capital in Jerusalem - it never was that way and never will be - if they want to have a state of their own. Ever.

11 ) Gideon B / Usa
09/03/2014 19:55
#4 - 7: Nice rant Ian, Very informative, wish it were true!

12 ) ian / australia
10/03/2014 12:51
#11 "Nice rant Ian, Very informative, wish it were true!" Why, thank you, Gideon B, but which bit isn't true? It's NOT a pretty photo?

13 ) Gideon B / Usa
10/03/2014 22:52
#12: It is a pretty photo Ian & would be nice if your sentiments about peace & other things came true, like the Israeli's getting the Jewish Quarter, Palestinians getting the Haram Sharif (not mentioned in your post of course), & Israel being free to call itself whatever it deems fit, as no one else will be at all bothered about what goes on inside the Zionist dream state. But dreams are dreams & some may still dream of returning home, or at least dream of having the right to refuse that offer.
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