ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 139

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Peace deal still possible, Palestinian negotiator says

Saeb Erekat says the world needs to get tough with Israel to ensure a treaty is reached in the next five months

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

The chief Palestinian negotiator in peace talks with Israel says the world needs to get tough with Israel over its continued settlement building to ensure the remaining five months of talks won’t be wasted.

Saeb Erekat spoke Friday in Jerusalem to diplomats from more than three dozen countries.

US-mediated talks on the terms of a Palestinian state began in late July and are to last until April. Since the start of talks, Israel has announced plans for thousands of settlement apartments on lands sought for that state.

Erekat says a deal can still be reached but that the talks “need to be protected against a government that is acting for the settlers, by the settlers, from the settlers.”

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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