RAMALLAH, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian presidency on Tuesday denounced Israeli plans to build new settlement housing units near Jerusalem, accusing the Israeli government of jeopardizing the ongoing peace talks.
"There will be no peace without Jerusalem... any settlement in Jerusalem or elsewhere should go for good," said Nabil Abu Rdineh, spokesperson for the presidency.
Earlier Tuesday, Israeli anti-settlement watchdog Peace Now said that the Israeli government is speeding up plans to build 381 settlement units outside Jerusalem, which the Palestinians demand its eastern part as its future capital.
"The step proves Israel's insistence on blocking the U.S. efforts that seek to establish a track leading to peace based on a two-state solution," Abu Rdineh said in a statement.
In July, the United States brokered the resumption of negotiations after a three-year halt between Israel and the Palestinians, with the talks, unproductive so far, set to run for nine months.
Earlier, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for " focusing" on the remaining time of the negotiations instead of extending their tenure.