Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday accused Israel of stalling the Middle East peace process by refusing to completely freeze all settlement activity on occupied lands. The Palestinian leader made the remarks at a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), convened to decide how to fill a constitutional void once the presidential and parliamentary mandates run out next month.
He clarified that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to halt settlement activities for 10 months is not considered a halt of settlement activities.
According to AFP, Abbas conveyed the Palestinians would seek a UN Security Council resolution recognizing the borders of a Palestinian state encompassing all lands occupied by Israel in 1967, including east Jerusalem. "Why are we doing this? Because the negotiations have stopped. Why have they stopped? Because Israel cannot stop the settlements or recognise international law," Abbas stated.
He also criticized the talks aimed at releasing Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, noting that the Palestinian people have paid, until now, 2587 martyrs, 20,000 houses, and thousands of casualties as a price for the imprisonment of this soldier.