Israel minister: Talks not on Palestine's agenda

2012-01-09 18:15

Jerusalem - The Palestinians have no interest in restarting negotiations with Israel and are just biding their time before returning to the UN, Israel's ultra-nationalist foreign minister said on Monday.

His remarks were made just hours before Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to convene in Amman for their second exploratory meeting in a week, aimed at finding a way to get back to negotiations after a hiatus of more than 15 months.

"From their point of view, they have been dragged against their will into the negotiations in Jordan," Lieberman told MPs at the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and defence.

"It is their intention to carry on with talks in Jordan until January 26, and immediately afterward to renew their offensive at the UN to achieve recognition," the committee spokesperson quoted him as saying of the Palestinian attempt to secure full state membership at the United Nations.

Israel fiercely opposes Palestine’s bid.

The diplomatic Quartet of the US, UN, EU and Russia has called on Israel and the Palestinians to present comprehensive proposals on borders and security before January 26, with an eye to resuming direct talks shortly afterwards.

"Anyone talking about progress in talks with the Palestinians has no idea what he's talking about," Lieberman said.

Talks between the two sides broke down in September 2010 when an Israeli freeze on new West Bank settlement construction expired and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to renew it.

The Palestinians say they will not negotiate while Israel builds settlements and without a clear framework for negotiations. Israel says it wants talks without preconditions.

Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath said that his side's policy was unchanged.

"All these moves are a preventative tactic in order to keep the ball in the Israeli court," he told Voice of Palestine radio on Monday.

"The Palestinian stance has not changed in terms of not returning to negotiations unless Israel halts settlement activities."

  • Barry - 2012-01-09 19:03

    It is about time Israel change their stance. Surely they cannot be happy murdering innocents everyday

      'Ridhwaan Laher' - 2012-01-09 20:42

      Innocent childrens lives

      Adam - 2012-01-09 22:39

      every day? the irony is that israel makes a concerted effort to not kill civilians, where as the palestinians make it a priority. proof? if israel wanted to kill civilians, the worlds most accomplished army would have done it all long ago.

      Barry - 2012-01-10 07:29

      Oh please! If you know anything you know the IDF are no angels.

      Adam - 2012-01-11 19:38

      barry... you ability to comprehend anything is quite worrying,,, when did i call them angels? remember next time you think you see something, you probably made it up and convinced your self it was there. the IDF are an army, an army is not a toy, you dont play with an army, if one were to try and kill a member of an army, the army would kill you soon after. not too complicated hey? well apparently it is for barry and the rest of the uncivilized world

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-09 19:12

    surely had enough of israel and palestine. its time to end this neverending nonsense with sanctions just like what happened with apartheid.

      Jaba - 2012-01-09 20:11

      There is no place in the world, that discrimination and racism is as institutionalized as in the Arab world, against Christians, Jews, Hindu's, Buddhists, women, gays and other smaller minorities. The only apartheid today is in the Arab world

  • 'Ridhwaan Laher' - 2012-01-09 20:47

    The Apartheid State of Israel... South Africa is not free until Palestine is free- Nelson Mandela

      Adam - 2012-01-09 22:40

      so the people of syria yemen and bharain dont count? nor do the woman of saudi and afghanistan? from what i understand what ure syaing, intolerance and murder is fine aslong as its under the umbrella of islam. rock on

      Barry - 2012-01-10 07:32

      You cannot justify the murderous Israeli government and the IDF with unrelated events in other parts of the world. You argument is baseless

      Adam - 2012-01-11 19:41

      everything you have ever said is baseless!!! let me clarify for the mentally impaired. israel is not aparethid, 2 muslim friends of mine just went their on holiday, yes 2 south african muslims went their on holiday and had a great time. and guess what? they had access to every single thing that non muslims have access to in israel, why? because it is the only democracy in the middle east? are palestinians suffering? yes! why? because they are not only not interested in peace with israelis, they make it a concerted effort to murder as many jewish israelis as possible... now why would any one want to be friends with people like that?

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