Israel has chosen to reject peace: Palestinians

The government of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected peace, a Palestinian official said.

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 13:59 PM IST

Ramallah: The government of Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected peace, a Palestinian
official said after Washington said it failed to get Israel to
renew a freeze on Jewish settlement building.

"By refusing to give a clear answer to the United
States, Israel has refused to freeze settlement building and
to give a chance to peace in the region," the official said,
requesting anonymity.

The United States had yesterday suspended its demand
for Israel to renew a freeze on Jewish settlement building in
the West Bank, throwing Palestinian-Israeli peace talks into
deeper disarray.

President Barack Obama presided over the relaunch of
direct negotiations in Washington in September, only to see
them bog down within weeks when an Israeli settlement
moratorium expired and the Palestinians refused to come back
to the table.

The White House and the State Department disclosed
yesterday that weeks of efforts to broker a new settlement
freeze and resuscitate the peace talks had gone nowhere.

PTI