Palestinian Authority: Israel must choose - peace or settlements
U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinians want to give the negotiations a chance, but that success is mainly up to
"If the price that we will pay for saying yes to Mitchell will be more settlements and more dictations, that's a big question mark about the possibility of continuing," said Erekat.
"Now the Israeli government has a choice, either peace or settlements, and it can't have both," he said.
The Palestinians refuse to enter into direct negotiations unless
Netanyahu has agreed to a temporary slowdown in the West Bank, but refuses to announce a construction freeze in
Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to participate in indirect peace talks with
Mitchell arrived earlier this week, and has already held two days of talks with Netanyahu. He was to meet again with Abbas on Saturday and Sunday, said Saeb Erekat.
Earlier on Friday, President Shimon Peres told visiting
During their meeting, Peres told Mitchell that