Palestinians reject proposal to extend talks
Palestinians have rejected a proposal to extend peace talks beyond April 29th, AFP reports.
The Israeli proposal sought to save the deteriorating peace talks, but Palestinians said the offer was essentially blackmail.
“Israel is practicing a policy of blackmail and linking its agreement to releasing the fourth batch of prisoners with the Palestinians accepting to extend the negotiations,” an official in Ramallah told AFP.
Israel had originally promised to release another batch of prisoners on Saturday but failed to do so. Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Netanyahu’s demand that Israel be deemed a “Jewish state,” and now the delayed prisoner release have all caused the peace negotiations to crumble.
- Israel will not release Palestinian prisoners as promised
- Abbas: Palestinians will never give up their rights
- Abbas agrees to extend peace talks if Israel freezes settlement building
- Netanyahu: no peace until Palestinians recognize Jewish state, give up right to return
- Palestinian negotiators willing to extend peace talks, agree to preliminary deal goal