RAMALLAH, September 4, 2013 (WAFA) – After five rounds of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, no progress what so ever has been achieved so far, said Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, on Wednesday.
Negotiations resumed at the end of July following three months of US mediation and they are expected to reach results within six to nine months.
“So far, there are no signs at all that these negotiations have achieved any progress,” said Abed Rabbo speaking on Voice of Palestine.
He said Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories “destroy every opportunity to reach a just peace and the two-state solution.”
Abed Rabbo said he does not expect to see any breakthroughs any time soon without pressure and active intervention from the US administration similar to what it is doing now to solve the Syrian crisis.
“We are just going around in empty circles,” he said, describing the negotiations as “barren.”
He said the “foundation of the whole process has been flawed right from the beginning when Israel has failed to commit itself to halting settlements.”