Netanyahu was looking for an excuse to end the peace talks, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says

By YASSER OKBI
Jerusalem Post

After Israel suspends talks, chief Palestinian negotiator says Netanyahu used the split between Palestinian factions as an excuse to reject peace in the past, and is now using Palestinian unity as an excuse for the same thing.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat [file].

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat [file]. Photo: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat expressed “deep disappointment” at Israel’s decision Thursday to halt peace talks and sanction the PA in response to the unity deal signed between Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday.

“Binyamin Netanyahu and his government used the split between the Palestinian factions as an excuse to reject a peace agreement in the past. Today, they are using Palestinian reconciliation as an excuse for the same thing,” Erekat said.

“The only logical explanation is that the Netanyahu government does not want peace,” he added.

The PLO official said that “the Gaza Strip’s 1.7 million residents, together with those of east Jerusalem and the West Bank, make up the state of Palestine. Today we took an important step in serving our people.”

Erekat added that “over the past nine months, the Netanyahu government has increased construction in the settlements, the destruction of [Palestinian] homes, the killing, the arrests and the military raids.”

The Palestinian negotiator criticized Netanyahu for “refusing to present for us a map showing where the borders of Israel are. Likewise, Israel refused to recognize the right of our people to live within the 1967 borders, despite the fact that the PLO recognized Israel 26 years ago.”

Erekat said in response to Netanyahu’s contention that the Palestinian Authority must choose between peace with Hamas or peace with Israel, that the real question is, “the continuation of settlements, colonialism and apartheid, or two sovereign democratic states living side by side in peace on the 1967 borders.”

“You chose the first option, and we chose the second,” he said.

Erekat said that the reconciliation deal with Hamas was “a necessary step in achieving peace and justice.”

 

About these ads

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 825 other followers

%d bloggers like this: