A Palestinian official accused Monday Israel of seeking to annex more large areas in the West Bank.
Secretary General of the Palestinian Presidency Al-Tayib Abdelrahim said: “They (Israelis) want Jerusalem, Al-Aghwar and western lands and hills in the West Bank.” “They also want to annex major settlement blocs in the West Bank and the occupied city of Jerusalem,” he said.
Addressing a local Palestinian rally, Abdelrahim, also a member of the Palestinian mainstream Fatah movement, said by so doing, Israel proves that it is not serious about peace with the Palestinian side.
On recent Palestinian-Israeli meetings in Amman, Jordan, he said: “There is nothing new on the political process with Israel.”
But, he emphasized that January 26 is a watershed for the Palestinians and Arabs as this date marks the elapse of a three-month deadline set by the Quartet for both Palestinian and Israeli sides to produce suggestions on the issues of security and borders.
Palestinian and Israeli officials had met in Amman, with Quartet representatives attending, in an effort to give a fresh life to deadlocked peace talks. They failed to come with concrete outcomes, but agreed to meet once more in the near future.