Palestinians Toughen Line on Israel Talks

(AP) Mohammed Daraghmeh - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement on Wednesday signaled a tough line on talks with Israel, casting new doubt on U.S. efforts to revive long-stalled negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to the region on June 27-29. After Abbas briefed Fatah leaders on Wednesday, his adviser Nabil Abu Rdeneh said Fatah "affirmed its rejection of the pressures on Abbas and the leadership," an apparent reference to the Kerry mission. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said, "It seems that the Palestinians still insist on reaching the last stage without bothering to go through chapter one, two and the rest. There are no shortcuts, and the only way to start negotiating is at the beginning."

2013-06-20 00:00:00

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