While Mahmoud Abbas has demanded Palestine statehood at the UN, Israel has acted with its usual confident impunity by announcing 1,100 more housing units in East Jerusalem, in defiance of Palestinian conditions to hte Qurtet for resuming peace talks. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Israeli decision amounted to “1,100 _nosa to the resumption of peace talks,” according to the Associated Press.
In an interview for Russian TV, Jeff Halper, ICAHD Director, stated, _There is nothing to hold direct talks about. I donat think the Palestinians are going to fall into that trap again. It is clear that on the ground nothing is stopping Israel. Over the last 44 years, they have made their occupation irreversible.” He sees that Israel will only enter into peace talks when they know they have control over the outcome, i.e. the further absorption of the Occupied Territiories into the Israeli state. So Palestine is best to avoid talks and stick to its demand for Israel’s full withdrawal behind the 1967 border.