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News, August 2013
Kerry's Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Doomed to Failure, Israeli Cabinet Member Naftali Bennett Brags About Killing Arabs, Calls for Killing More
August 1, 2013
PA urges investigation into Bennet's 'kill Arabs' remarks
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) --
The Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Foreign Affairs on
Wednesday called on Israel to investigate remarks made by Israel's
Economy and Trade Minister, which made claims about killing
Analysts: Peace talks 'doomed'
Ma'an, 01/08/2013 12:20 JERUSALEM (AFP) --
Middle East peace talks, which resumed in Washington after a
three-year break, are doomed to fail, Palestinian analysts said
Wednesday, after negotiators set a nine-month target for an agreement.
Hamas lashes out at “futile” negotiations
[ 31/07/2013 - 05:30 PM ]
Hamas movement lashed out at the PA in Ramallah for indulging anew in “futile” negotiations with the Israeli occupation.
The movement said in a statement on Wednesday that Fatah should take heed of previous pointless negotiations and not to wager on those who “kill our people and Judaize our land and rob our wealth”.
A responsible source in Hamas expressed utter dismay at the PA for swiftly returning to negotiations in return for political illusions and economic profits at a time the Israeli occupation’s crimes did not stop against the Palestinian people, prisoners, land and holy shrines.
The source said that the Fat'h-controlled PA should have rather implemented articles of the national reconciliation and not to decide single-handedly on fateful issues.
Hamas emphasized the importance of agreeing on a unified national consensus that would defend and preserve national rights and constants.
Popular and factional rejection of resumption of talks
[ 31/07/2013 - 04:38 PM ]
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has declared its total rejection of the PA decision to resume negotiations saying that its decision does not represent the will of the Palestinian people.
Member of the PFLP political bureau, Abu Ahmed Fouad, said in a press statement Tuesday that "no one has the right to impose his own decisions on the state institutions which represent the Palestinian people.
He called on the PA to draw lessons from its previous failed experiences of peace talks and to form a new national strategy different from Oslo accords.
He condemned the PA forces' attack on Sunday protest, stressing on the Palestinian factions' right to organize popular activities to prevent the PA's unilateral decision to offer serious concessions to the Israelis.
Meanwhile, a leader in Jihad movement, Haj Abu Samer Mosa renewed his movement rejection of the resumption of talks , saying that this step contradicts the national consensus.
The PA will achieve nothing from resuming talks, but will only deepen the national division, he said, stressing that it was better for the PA to achieve the reconciliation agreement instead of running behind the Israeli and American illusion.
He pointed out that the PA step to resume negotiation came amid Israeli decision to implement the Prawer plan that constitutes a new Palestinian catastrophe.
Meanwhile, dozens have participated Tuesday in a protest against peace negotiations in Nablus, where they chanted slogans against the "absurd negotiations" that do not meet with the PLO preconditions for the resumption of talks.
A leader in PFLP said that talks resumption came in light the American pressures on the Palestinian people, stressing that Abbas took a unilateral decision despite the Palestinian factional rejection.
Gov't: The PA's talks with the occupation are another round of its failures
[ 31/07/2013 - 12:06 PM ]
The Palestinian government in Gaza said the Palestinian authority (PA) reproduced another chapter of its failures when it decided to resume its US-sponsored negotiations with the Israeli occupation regime.
In a press release issued following its cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the government stated that the PA's negotiations with the Israeli regime adversely affected the Palestinian cause and whetted the Israeli appetite for more aggressive actions and settlement expansion activities.
It expressed its belief that the USA eventually succeeded in dragging the PA into the quarter of regression and concessions and having it sit at the negotiating table in exchange for some trivial privileges unrelated to the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
The government also strongly denounced the Fatah faction and its security agencies for being involved in smear campaigns against the Palestinian people and Hamas, and using the Egyptian media to spread fabricated news and stories against them.
It stressed that such acts reflect that Fatah and its institutions have no moral standards or national affiliation, and insist on playing a dubious role in standing against the interests of the Palestinian people.
Ending the division more important than resumption of talks, says MP Najat Abu Baker
[ 31/07/2013 - 05:10 PM ]
MP Najat Abu Baker, affiliated with the Fat'h movement, stated that ending the division and achieving the national construction is more important than negotiation option.
MP Baker told Quds Press that the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations had never been stopped, pointing out that the PA came as a result of negotiations which were scheduled to lead to a state with full sovereignty, but Israel repudiated the agreement.
The MP for Fatah movement stated that the majority of Fat'h members is in support of Abbas' decision to resume talks with the occupation especially after the Israeli vow to release a number of prisoners and the international parties' keenness to achieve the talks success for fear of prosecuting the occupation in the international courts.
It was better to resume talks after achieving the national unity, she said, pointing out that ending the division is more important than resuming talks and meetings with the occupation authorities.
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