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Netanyahu orders govt officials to stop cooperation with PA
Published Wednesday 09/04/2014 (updated) 09/04/2014 18:03
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu early Wednesday ordered government officials to stop cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, an official said.

"Israel government ministers have been told to refrain from meeting their Palestinian counterparts," the official told AFP, requesting anonymity.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted a senior Israeli official as saying that only "low-level field cooperation" would be permitted.

The move comes as an imposition of sanctions against the PA in response to the PLO's decision to apply to join 15 international conventions, the Haaretz report said.

Netanyahu's orders come less than 24 hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry pointed at Israel's approval of new settlement homes in East Jerusalem as an action that derailed negotiations, a charge that has left Israeli officials bristling.

"In the afternoon, when they were about to maybe get there, 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem and, poof, that was sort of the moment," Kerry testified to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

The Israeli PM's decision seems to negate comments made by US and Palestinian officials about Tuesday's peace talks session.

"There are still differences between the Israeli and Palestinian positions, and the Americans are making great efforts to overcome the difficulties," a Palestinian source close to the talks told AFP.

A US official confirmed the latest meeting. "Gaps remain but both sides are committed to narrowing the gaps," he said.

Palestinian officials say the decision to apply to the international conventions was in direct response to Israel's failure to release a fourth and final round of veteran prisoners as agreed.

Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians were relaunched in July under the auspices of the US after nearly three years of impasse.

Israel's government has announced the construction of thousands of settler housing units and its army has killed 60 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza since the negotiations began.

AFP contributed to this report.
1 ) Rami / Palestine
09/04/2014 11:21
Netanyahu is not and never was serious about peace. This only furthe proves it (if settlements, military force, civilian deaths, etc... didn't already prove it to you).

2 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
09/04/2014 12:12
A sign of impotence, they (the "Israelis") are now so afraid that they behave like a spoiled child who is afraid of losing LOL.

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
09/04/2014 12:33
This is probably long overdue, since the Palestinians have been refusing to cooperate for years claiming they don't want "normalization". What it seems is that the Palestinians do not want peace.

4 ) Rick / USA
09/04/2014 12:39
Netanyahu, its not too lonely in the ICC ( International Criminal Court ) as you are hearing your name called to the Hague.

5 ) Finally Israel employs the / BLACKMAILER's PARADOX
09/04/2014 13:46
Losing Solution: According to game theory, Israel has to change certain basic perceptions in order to improve her chances in the negotiations game with the Arabs and win the long term political struggle: a. Willingness to forego agreements: .... The Blackmailer's Paradox: Arab-Israel Negotiations are a Game Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Aumann uses game theory to explain what happens-and what could happen-in Arab-Israeli negotiations http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/138446#.U0UkS

6 ) d'Arc / USA
09/04/2014 13:48
Where's the other half of the story? How is the PA going to react? Will the PA take or make calls to or with the Israeli government?

7 ) Agreements & / Fairness
09/04/2014 14:54
In all Fairness to Israel, it made agreements
- with a PLO terrorist entity, after it Agreed to start acting like a peaceful government "authority" and to negotiate a peaceful 2-state solution, and
- Not an "authority" that is now acting like a State (without negotiations), by going to the UNGA in a statehood bid (Dec. 2012), and now joining 15 other UN bodies, despite the Authority's written promise Not to do so unilaterally !!

8 ) Mel / USA
09/04/2014 16:41
You see,this is when the real fascist racist face&mindset of Bibi & his Likudite,Ravhshatz,Judeo-Nazi's-'settler' thugs comes out.When the pet 'Good Arab'proxy(Abbas)along with ex-World Bank side-kick(Salam Fayyad)act like they're not following the Zionist expansion plan,as ordered.The ONLY plan Israel has for ALL Palestinians,long-term,is expulsion,apartheid or death!That's not "cooperation".It's racist COLONIALISM!It's the PA who should "stop cooperation"with(Israel) &go straight to ICC/ICJ!

9 ) Missionary Chuma Nnabuihe / Nigeria
09/04/2014 17:34
Every body is talking about the political side of this crisis and people forget that it is more of a religious problem because of the involvement of the temple mount. what ever Israel does now will isolate her more in the body of nations. U.N will finally grant recognition to the state of palestine but once east Jerusalem is mentioned as it's capital, Israel will not only refuse but will destroy al aqsa mosque.DONT THINK IT IS FAR, THE DAY OF DOOM IS HERE ALREADY.

10 ) mohamed / somalia
09/04/2014 18:54
good for the palestinian now you have the best card.

11 ) Outlier / USA
09/04/2014 20:25
Sadly, unintended consequences will hurt both side.

12 ) Maureen / Australia
09/04/2014 22:15
Of course Netanyahu has never been serious about peace! He carries out the standard of "by deception thou shalt do war!" A facist, lying leader of the pack!

13 ) ian / australia
10/04/2014 02:42
#3 "What it seems is that the Palestinians do not want peace." No, what they DON'T want is the state Israel is offering because it's stripped of EVERYTHING meaningful, is not remotely viable (being three disconnected, blockaded cages) and constitutes an abject defeat not a new beginning. For Israel to offer it as the non-negotiable, one-time offer indicates who, in reality, does not "want peace".

14 ) Jafar M. Ramini / UK
10/04/2014 09:13
Your move Abu Mazen. There is no time to loose. The Israeli are unprincipled, dishounorable and not trustworthy. Peace is not on their agenda. Land theft is. This is what the Palestinian nation expects of you: 1) Dissolve the PA and let Israel mange the occupation in full glare of international community. 2) Unite all the factions and confront our enemies as one. 3) Join the ICC and lodge a law suit against Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity. We are watching and waiting.

15 ) Rami / Palestine
10/04/2014 11:05
End cooperation, remove the international development agencies that only further intrench the occupation. Kick out USAID, the EU, the UN, etc..put the burden of the occupation squarely back in the hands of the occupier where it belongs. Israel has been given a free ride all these years since Oslo when the donors took it upon themselves to rebuild what Israel has destroyed. End that. Make Israel financially, legally, socially responsible for the occupation as per the 4th Geneva Convention.

16 ) Rami / Palestine
10/04/2014 11:07
#3 Tell me again what kind of peace your government wanted when it legalized outposts, issued tenders for building on Palestinian owned land and killed 60 civilians in 3.5 months.
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