Palestinians may reject talks due to U.S. incentives: official   2010-11-21 19:09:40 FeedbackPrintRSS

RAMALLAH, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinians may reject resuming peace talks with Israel due to proposed U.S. incentives to Israel, a Palestinian official said Sunday.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee, said the Palestinians will reject any position "that leads to legitimizing the Israeli settlement activities after a certain time."

Abed Rabbo said the incentives, which include supplying Israel with F-35 war jets, have an anti-peace impact and boost Israel's aggressive trend.

The incentives "should not be linked to the political process and the attempts to make a just peace in the region," Abed Rabbo said.

The U.S. offer was meant to convince Israel to freeze settlement building in the West Bank for three months. Israel is still studying the proposal, which excludes Jerusalem.

The Arabs and the Palestinians will respond to the U.S. proposal after Washington agrees on it with Israel, Abed Rabbo added. "We don't intervene in the nature of the discussions between the Israeli and the American sides."

The Palestinians suspended participating in the U.S.-brokered peace negotiations in September, after Israel resumed building in the West Bank settlements.

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