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Palestinians: home demolitions hurt peace talks

Palestinians: home demolitions hurt peace talks

The Palestinians have warned a U.S. envoy that it will be difficult to revive peace talks if Washington cannot prevent Israel from demolishing Arab homes or building for Jews in east Jerusalem.
White House envoy George Mitchell is trying to persuade Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday to agree to direct negotiations with Israel. Mitchell is to tell Abbas what Israel is prepared to do to encourage him take that step.
Abbas has said he won't return to direct negotiations without a comprehensive _ and elusive _ Israeli settlement freeze.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Friday he wrote to Mitchell that Israel's current policies in east Jerusalem undermine attempts to revive negotiations. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem as a capital.


Updated : 2021-02-26 01:33 GMT+08:00