Israel-Palestinian talks to end inconclusively: Iran MP

An Iranian lawmaker says the resumption of US-hosted “reconciliation” talks between Israelis and Palestinians is aimed at covering up the Israeli regime’s settlement projects, stressing that the talks will end inconclusively.

“A review of the reconciliation process since its beginning 18 years ago leaves no doubt that these talks are merely a cover for the continuation of creeping occupation within the framework of settlement construction and are aimed at buying time [for the Israeli regime] in order to complete these projects,” Member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Ebrahim Aqa-Mohammadi said on Tuesday.

The legislator added that the US tries to speed up reconciliation between the Israeli regime and Palestinians by fueling the unrest in Egypt and Syria, and ramping up pressure on the resistance front.

He noted that any pact which will ignore the rights of the Palestinian nation will be definitely unacceptable for Palestinians.

The Iranian lawmaker also emphasized that the Palestinian people should determine their own fate, saying, “Holding a referendum in Palestine and the Occupied Territories is the only way for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.”

On Monday, the Israelis returned to the negotiating table in Washington with the Palestinian Authority officials for direct talks for the first time in three years.

Many Palestinians, however, say the talks are doomed to failure because the Tel Aviv regime and Washington are pushing for the Palestinians to unconditionally surrender.

Last Palestinian-Israeli talks were halted in September 2010 after Tel Aviv refused to freeze its settlement activities in the West Bank.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian territories occupied in the Six-Day War of 1967.

Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

By Press TV

 

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