Palestinians reject Israeli security demands
A Palestinian official on Tuesday refused Israeli demands to consider its security while demarcating the borders of the future Palestinian statehood.
"The Israeli statements come in advance to the negotiations in order to create an international atmosphere supporting the Israeli demands," said Yasser Abed Rabbo of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Xinhua reported.
He accused Israel of "spreading pretexts" to continue expanding settlements that "prevent a viable, independent and serious Palestinian state from being established."
When the two sides announced the resumption of direct peace talks in Washington last week, several Israeli officials said that Israel's security concerns must be considered in the negotiations. Some more leaders wanted the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the state of Jews.
The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and Israel agreed that border issues be the first topic of the negotiations.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said an agreement on the borders can pave the way to resolve one of the thorniest issues in the discussions, Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
A 10-month Israeli moratorium in settlement constructions in the West Bank is expected to end on Sept. 26. "There will be devastating consequences if Israel doesn't renew the freeze," Abed Rabbo said.