PA must end talks, take Israelis to ICC: Analyst

A political commentator says Palestinians should stop the so-called peace talks with Israel and take Israeli officials to international courts.

Bruce Katz, who is the co-founder of human rights organization Palestinian and Jewish Unity, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

Katz said that “as soon as there is talk of any type of process… Israelis… immediately begin to expand building of settlements… and basically it is time for the Palestinian Authority to do more than talks and that means that it has to go before international courts.”

“The Palestinians should not be sitting at the table with this particular regime and basically there should be no talks with any Israeli government until there is a regime change in Tel Aviv,” he stated.

“There is nothing that can be done with Benjamin Netanyahu except to go before international courts, and I think in particular before the International Criminal Court (ICC), because as I have said before the Israeli politicians and… Benjamin Netanyahu… are subject to accusations on the issue of war crimes,” Katz added.

The latest round of negotiations between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel began in July to end the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the so-called two-state solution after a three-year hiatus.

But on Tuesday night, a senior PA revealed that the talks broke down because Israel is “determined to continue its settlement and we cannot continue negotiations under these unprecedented settlement attacks.”

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Israel has recently freed 104 Palestinian prisoners, as part of a deal for the resumption of the talks with the PA, but it has also announced plans to build about 5,000 more illegal settlement units on the occupied Palestinian land.

Earlier this month, a large number of Palestinians from different political movements took to the streets of the West Bank city of Ramallah to call on the PA to pull out from the talks with Israel.

Supporters of all Palestinian factions, including the Islamic resistance movement Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, gathered in central Arafat square to protest against the talks.

The protesters said the talks are useless and acting PA chief Mahmoud Abbas must withdraw from the negotiations.

They also demanded the PA take the regime in Tel Aviv to the International Criminal Court for its crimes against the people of Palestine.

The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

By Press TV


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