An official Iraqi newspaper on Tuesday condemned the Washington peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, warning they were a "sell-out" of the Intifada (uprising) against the Jewish state.
The US-brokered indirect talks amounted to "a submission ... aimed at ensuring the security of the enemy alone," said Babel, which is run by President Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Uday.
It predicted that the Palestinians would "give in to the Zionist and American plans of a so-called peace."
Babel accused Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat of a "sell-out of the objectives of the Intifada" that has claimed more than 340 lives in the past 12 weeks, mostly Palestinians shot dead by Israeli gunfire.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to hold separate talks starting Tuesday with the outgoing US administration of President Bill Clinton, with the aim of striking a peace deal before he leaves office next month.
Iraq, an opponent of the US-brokered initiative ever since its launch in 1991, has instead called for a jihad (Muslim holy war) against Israel and says it has raised 7.5 million volunteers to fight for the liberation of Palestine -- BAGHDAD (AFP)
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