Palestinian official doubts Israeli PM's willingness for peace
A Palestinian official has on Wednesday doubted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's willingness to make peace in the region, Xinhua reported.
"Netanyahu's positions and actions on the ground have no connection with his statements," said Saleh Ra'fat, a member of the PLO's Executive Committee.
"Netanyahu doesn't want peace or withdrawal the settlers," Ra' fat told Xinhua.
Netanyahu said at the Israeli government's weekly meeting on Sunday that giving up parts of the West Bank can help securing a Jewish majority inside Israel, Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper reported.
Israel's decision to resume construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank led U.S.-brokered peace talks to break down last year. The Palestinian leadership says it would go to the United Nations General Assembly to seek recognition of its statehood in September, which is regarded by Israel and the United States as a unilateral step.