The Palestinian Authority has urged the US to work towards expediting the negotiations with Israel, particularly with respect to determining the borders of a future Palestinian state, Ynet reported Wednesday.
Palestinian sources estimated that the negotiation teams will meet soon to discuss the matter in the framework of talks on a permanent agreement.
The sources told Ynet that the Jewish settlements in the West Bank are only a small component of the borders issue and said an urgent meeting would prevent another crisis.
Palestinian officials estimated that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal for a new settlement construction moratorium in exchange for the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state would not revive the stalled negotiations.
The Palestinians told Ynet Israel is refusing to hold serious talks that could resolve the borders issue during the two-month construction freeze, should Israel decide to impose one.
The US State Department said Tuesday it supports Netanyahu in his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
"I'm not making any news here," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told a press conference. "It is a state for the Jewish people. It is a state for other citizens of other faiths as well."
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