Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned on Friday Israel’s recent decision to expand the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa, saying Netanyahu’s government is “determined to invest solely in the entrenchment of the occupation, rather than peace.”
President Shimon Peres has been holding intensive talks with Ramallah in an effort to resume negotiations and head off a unilateral Palestinian statehood bid at the UN in September.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas informed U.S. envoy George Mitchell last week that the renewal of settlement construction will not only bring about the collapse of peace talks but it will also induce his resignation from the post of Palestinian Authority president.
Next year, “the birth of a Palestinian state will be celebrated as a day of joy by the entire community of nations,” says Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in an exclusive interview to Haaretz.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to construct an additional 700 apartments in East Jerusalem was another blow to already stalled peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, a U.S. official said on Monday
“The lesson that Israel must learn from the Holocaust is that it can never get security through fences, walls and guns,” Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa told Haaretz Thursday.
European diplomatic sources said Thursday that kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit will be transferred to Egypt in the coming hours or coming days.