Don't look now, folks. It's just Palestinians rejecting the peace process, again.
RAMALLAH — A senior Palestinian official on Thursday rejected US moves to extend an April deadline for nine months of hard-won talks with Israel to culminate in a framework peace deal.
“There is no meaning to prolonging the negotiation, even for one more additional hour, if Israel, represented by its current government, continues to disregard international law,” Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP.
The comments come amid reports Thursday that US President Barack Obama is planning to increase his involvement in pressuring the two sides to accept Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework proposals.
In his scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday in Washington, Obama will make an urgent appeal to the Israeli leader to accept Kerry’s generalized roadmap for final status negotiations, according to The New York Times.
The US president is expected to apply the same pressure to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas when the two meet next month.