Stalemate in Mideast Peace Process Israeli Officials: Palestinian Leaders Inventing Excuses to Avoid Resuming Peace Talks

Jerusalem sources cast doubt on Palestinian Authority leaders' commitment to U.S.-led peace efforts, after chief Palestinian negotiator accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing' and blasts settlement construction plans.

Senior officials in Jerusalem have lambasted the Palestinian Authority, saying its leaders are not interested in renewing negotiations with Israel. The remarks came on the heels of a statement by chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, who blasted Israel for releasing a tender for the construction of 300 housing units beyond the Green Line, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot.