Ashrawi: Negotiations have proven to be self-defeating
Published Wednesday 23/04/2014 (updated) 24/04/2014 14:38
Palestinians and Israeli activists hold a banner reading "No peace
with settlements" as they take part in a demonstration near the
West bank town of Jericho, on January 31, 2014.(AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said Wednesday that peace negotiations have proven to be "self-defeating" as Israel continues to violate international law on the ground.
"Negotiations have proven to be self-defeating -- there are built-in flaws in negotiations that continue to be repeated at the expense of the Palestinian people, their lands and resources," Ashrawi said while meeting with a delegation of German parliamentarians in Ramallah.
"It is damaging and counterproductive to negotiate for the sake of negotiations without making Israel commit to the requirements of peace and international law."
The PLO official also urged the European Union to play a greater role in peacemaking in order to "translate its economic clout into the ability to influence political realities."
Israel has announced plans for thousands of illegal settler homes in the occupied West Bank and killed over 60 Palestinians since peace talks began in July.