Abbas urged not to quit peace talks

2010-10-02 22:45

Ramallah - Israel's prime minister is urging the Palestinians not to quit peace talks, after senior Palestinian politicians linked negotiations to an Israeli settlement freeze.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the appeal after the Palestinian leaders closed ranks behind President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, saying month-old peace talks cannot continue unless Israel halts settlement construction. Netanyahu has refused to do so.

The Israeli prime minister said in a statement that peace can only be achieved in negotiations.

The Palestinians argue there is no point negotiating while Israeli settlements gobble up land they want for their state.

The Obama administration says it will keep trying to find a solution before a decisive Arab League summit next weekend.