RAMALLAH, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) official said Monday that the current peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel were unlikely to succeed.
"The negotiations make no virtual progress on the ground and there is almost no possibility for their success," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the PLO's Executive Committee.
The United States convinced the Palestinians to return to the peace talks with Israel in July, almost three years after they left the negotiating table in protest of the Jewish settlement activities on Palestinian lands occupied by Israel.
However, after the negotiations resumed, Israel continued to expand its settlements in the West Bank and announced plans to build new homes or settlements in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as a future capital.
"The only 'progress' ... is made in the settlements and their expansion and more Israeli violations," Abed Rabbo told Voice of Palestine radio.
He said that Israel is using the resumed negotiations "as a cover for building more settlements."
On Sunday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in London and presented some "notes" concerning the negotiations, an official close to Abbas told Xinhua.
In his "notes," Abbas protested Israel's intention to limit the negotiations only to security issues while not discussing the borders of the future Palestinian state, the official said.
Abbas and Kerry also talked about the Israeli army raids in the West Bank and Israel's plans to build more than 2,100 new homes in the settlements.