Palestinians unaware of U.S.-Israel talks on settlement freeze - Palestinian spokesman
The United States has not yet informed the Palestinian leadership about the results of its talks with Israel to stop Jewish settlements, a Palestinian spokesman said Sunday.
"We will study the U.S. position only after we are officially informed about it," said the spokesman Nabil Abu Rdineh.
Abu Rdineh's remarks followed reports that ministers from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party held a meeting Sunday to discuss a U.S. offer to resume stalled peace talks in the region, Xinhua reported.
According to Haaretz newspaper, Washington offered to deliver fighter jets to Israel in exchange for halting settlement building in the West Bank for three months.
The Palestinians want Israel to completely stop construction in the West Bank and also in East Jerusalem to go back to the negotiations. The U.S.-brokered talks collapsed after a few weeks, when Israel allowed a partial moratorium on building to expire on Sept. 26.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, an official from Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said that the peace process' references can not be drawn up through agreements between Israel and the U.S. administration. "The international resolutions, especially the borders of the Palestinian territories that Israel occupied in 1967, are the references."