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Erekat: Settlement Construction in the Way of Breakthrough on Peace Talks

By Khaled Abu Toameh

Posted on 06/30/13 | News Source jpost.com |

Palestinian officials in Ramallah on Sunday blamed Israeli "intransigence" for the failure of US Secretary of State John Kerry's effort to revive peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

The officials said that the Israeli government's refusal to stop construction in the settlements and some neighborhoods in east Jerusalem was one of the reasons behind the failure of Kerry's latest mission.

"Israel is placing 930 obstacles in the face of John Kerry," Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat said, referring to plans to build 930 new housing units in Jerusalem's Har Homa neighborhood. "This, at a time when Israel is accusing us of setting conditions for the resumption of the peace talks."

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Photo Caption: US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) shakes hands with Saeb Erekat, April 2013. Photo: REUTERS


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