World Bulletin / News Desk
U.S. envoys facilitating Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are acting more like passive observers than mediators, a Palestinian official said.
This gives the impression Israeli officials can do whatever they want, especially regarding settlement construction, the Palestinian official told Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
Palestinian sources told the newspaper they expected Abbas would express his disappointment Israel continues building settlements in occupied territory and ask for Washington to pressure Israel to halt the settlement expansion.
The sources said they also expected Abbas would ask Kerry for Washington to present guidelines for a permanent agreement before the nine-month negotiation period ends in March.
Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi told the newspaper any proposed peace plan that lacks a timetable and isn't termed a permanent solution would not be accepted by the Palestinians.
Washington has proposed a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the creation of a non-militarized Palestinian state based on Israel's borders before the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war that led to Israel's West Bank and Gaza occupation.
PLO officials told Haaretz the possibility of a permanent agreement was raised during the talks that led to the renewal of negotiations, but Israel did not agree to that principle.
The officials also said there will be no peace breakthrough as long as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not agree to the prewar borders and continues to talk about maintaining Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem.Last Mod: 05 Kasım 2013, 09:45