Erekat denied an earlier Washington Post report whereby the Palestinian Authority is willing to renounce the building freeze demand.
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"Abbas will agree to negotiate with Israel only if Netanyahu is willing to embark on talks on the basis of the 1967 border, and declares it publicly, and in addition to agreeing to freeze construction in the settlements," the top Palestinian official said.
Erekat has been in Washington this past week, where he met Tuesday with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the meeting, Erekat noted that the Palestinians are willing to postpone their UN application for statehood should Netanyahu accept the Obama principle whereby a Palestinian state will be established base on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps.
Palestinian momentumErekat also dismissed reports about a secret channel of talks between Israel and the Palestinians involving himself and Netanyahu advisor Yitzhak Molcho, who is also in Washington.
Meanwhile, an official in the PA negotiations team told Ynet Wednesday that the Palestinians are determined to approach the UN for statehood for two reasons: They do not believe that Netanyahu is interested in reaching a diplomatic breakthrough, and they are aware of the broad media resonance of their decision to turn to the UN.
Elior Levy is Ynet's Palestinian affairs Correspondent
Attila Somfalvi also contributed to the story
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