Settlements or peace Palestine puts to Israel

2014-03-18 07:02
A Palestinian youth jumps over fire during clashes with Israeli soldiers after a support rally for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Hebron. (File, AP)

A Palestinian youth jumps over fire during clashes with Israeli soldiers after a support rally for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Hebron. (File, AP)

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Washington - The chief Palestinian negotiator says Israel must choose between building West Bank settlements or a peace agreement but "they can't have both".

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Saeb Erekat signaled that Palestinian authorities are prepared to end nine months of negotiations if an agreement for peace is not reached by a 29 April deadline set last summer.

He declined to discuss details of a secret US proposal to continue negotiating, and said Palestinian authorities have not been given documents of what it might contain.

Erekat insisted any agreement must include a Palestinian state drawn on boundaries set in 1967, before Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with President Barack Obama on Monday.

- AP
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