TEHRAN, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The spokesman for the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazem Jalali said Sunday that Israel-Palestine peace talks are "show-off and ineffective," the English language satellite Press TV reported.
Jalali said the negotiation "was of a pose and had link with the upcoming U.S. elections." U.S. President Barack Obama is attempting to help the Democrats in the November elections, the report said.
He said the Palestinian issue cannot be resolved by holding few meetings in the United States and "Democrats know that the Washington direct talks will bear no fruit," according to Press TV.
"Obama has called on the Zionist regime (of Israel) to stop settlement activities but his request was denied by Israel's right- wing extremists," said the lawmaker.
During a massive rally on Friday to mark the al-Quds ( Jerusalem) Day in Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Middle East peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are "stillborn" and doomed to fail since the basic rights of Palestinians and the regional realities are not taken into consideration.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held on Thursday the first round of direct talks in Washington. The two leaders agreed to make efforts to solve all final status issues concerning borders of a new Palestinian state, security, refugees and the future of Jerusalem, within one year as expected by the U.S..
Can Mideast peace deal happen next year?
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The latest round of Middle East peace talks kicked off Thursday, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing optimism that the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians may be resolved in a year.
But some experts say that deadline is too ambitious. Previous talks over several decades and during many U.S. administrations have failed to bring a lasting peace, and many say this time is not different. Full story
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