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PLO considers breaking agreements with Israel
'If Israel continues with its current policy, the moment may come when we will reexamine past agreements,' Yasser Abed Rabbo tells Al-Hayat newspaper. Adds: Netanyahu forming alliance with American Right to weaken Obama

Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Executive Committee, said the Palestinian leadership is considering the possibility of breaking past agreements with Israel due to the stalemate in the peace negotiations and the dispute over settlement construction.

 

"The situation in which one side will be bound by the agreements forever while the other side violates them to the point of annulling them entirely cannot continue," he told the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat in an interview published on Saturday.

 

However, the PLO official said the Palestinians do not plan on taking any "risky" steps.

 

"If Israel continues with its current policy, the moment may come when we will reexamine these agreements," Abed Rabbo said, adding that the Palestinians want to lay down a new set of principles for the negotiations so they will focus more on borders rather than territory.

 

According to him, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "forming an alliance with the American Right to weaken President Barack Obama's government."

 

Abed Rabbo also told Al-Hayat that by raising the demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state Netanyahu is trying to "Judaize what is left of the historic Palestinian land.

 

"According to the extremist Right, the Jewish homeland includes all of historic Palestine," he said.

 

Abed Rabbo's remarks came amid reports stating that the Palestinians are considering asking the United Nations Security Council to recognize an independent state if peace talks fail.

 

Earlier this week US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Israel and the Palestinians there was no "magic formula" to break an impasse over peace talks, but said hard work could still yield a deal.

 

 

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