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PLO negotiators have 7 conditions to renew talks
Published Friday 04/04/2014 (updated) 05/04/2014 18:23
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian negotiators have posed seven conditions that must be met by Israel to continue negotiations beyond April 29.

The conditions were announced during a 9-hour meeting Wednesday with Israeli negotiators in Jerusalem, a high-ranking source in the PLO told Ma’an.

The following are the conditions, according to the source.

1. To receive a written letter from Israel's premier recognizing the Palestinian borders of 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital.

2. The release of Palestinian prisoners who former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to free including Marwan Barghouthi, Ahmad Saadat, and Fuad Shweiki.

3. Implementing a border-crossing agreement and lifting the siege on Gaza.

4. The return of exiles deported in the 2002 Bethlehem siege.

5. Stopping settlement activity in Jerusalem, and opening closed institutions in Jerusalem.

6. Allowing the reunification of 15,000 Palestinians with their families.

7. Israel refraining from entering areas under Palestinian Authority control for arrests or killings, and granting the PA some control over Area C.

In a meeting with Fatah officials, chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat and central committee member Mahmoud al-Aloul said that submitting applications to join 15 international organizations was a small step taken by the Palestinians to regain their rights.

Erekat told Fatah officials that the 15 treaties and conventions were among 63 others the PA was considering after consideration by 27 international law experts.

Erekat added that joining the 15 treaties and conventions did not require the vote of the United Nations, and he assured the Fatah officials that Palestine will soon be a member and will soon receive diplomatic immunity and have 134 embassies in the countries that recognize it.

President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, told Kerry that he "does not care if he is killed, and will not refrain from joining international organizations," Erekat was quoted saying.

He also said that PA negotiators told Kerry that they did not take this step to clash with anyone, but to demand their legitimate rights.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu’s strategy, he said, is to have the Palestinian Authority without actual authority, occupation without cost, and Palestine without Gaza.
1 ) Rafael / uSA
04/04/2014 00:53
Israel is here to stay. Demands upon demands to Israel will not make Israel cave in. Israel is in the mideast to stay so reality needs to be dealt with not the delusion that the Jews are going to say here have our country.

2 ) Fritz / USA
04/04/2014 01:14
Not ever going to happen!

3 ) Outlier / USA
04/04/2014 02:08
Based on the above conditions, the PLO should not let the door of the negotiating room hit them in the ass on the way out. Only one of the seven conditions has a chance of acceptance.

4 ) palestinian / clowns
04/04/2014 02:12
Anything else? They should act in circus

5 ) Talk & Negotiate Or Not, But / No, No, No, No, No, No, & No
04/04/2014 02:21
The PLO can "renew talks and negotiate", or not, but their hand is played, and Israel's answers to their "7 conditions" will be 7 "NOs": 1. NO "borders of 1967, 2. NO release of Palestinian prisoners, 3. NO Implementing a border-crossing and lifting the siege on Gaza, 4. NO return of exiles, 5. NO Stopping settlement activity in Jerusalem, 6. NO Allowing the reunification of 15,000 Palestinian families, and 7. NO refraining from entering areas under Palestinian Authority" !!

6 ) Reality / Israel
04/04/2014 02:26
ISRAEL doesn't need talks, and it SHOULD REFUSE to renew TALKS, UNLESS THE PLO SURRENDERS THEIR "7 conditions" FANTASIES of: 1. "borders of 1967, 2. release of Palestinian prisoners, 3. Implementing border-crossing and lifting the siege on Gaza, 4. return of exiles, 5. Stopping settlement activity in Jerusalem, 6. Allowing reunification of 15,000 Palestinian families, & 7. refraining from entering areas under Palestinian Authority".

7 ) Sanctions / Israel
04/04/2014 03:03
- Suspension of high-level PA contacts, with any future PA contacts going through a Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea and Samaria, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai. - freeze an implementation of 3G cellular technology in PA-assigned areas - stop the transfer into Gaza of communications equipment belonging to the PA cellular phone company Watania. - a freeze on promotion master plans for new communities in Area C, and - Israel is looking into further sanctions on the PA.

8 ) spb / us
04/04/2014 04:02
why stop at 7? if nobody is going to look beyond the first might as well put 70. it looks good in the palestinian circles

9 ) Johnny benson / USA
04/04/2014 04:19
Now were all comics....or outright idiots...

10 ) reprisal jew / Germany
04/04/2014 05:23
"President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, told Kerry that he "does not care if he is killed, and will not refrain from joining intrl organizations," Erekat was quoted" Good, then he won't mind when we pick him up on charges of murder, 4 those poor Olympic athletes, the 11 youn Jews who were so mercilessly slaughtered. You go to the ICC Abbas, and u will be picked up in Ramallah, taken to jail where a glass booth will be erected in our Court, tried and convicted of murder

11 ) you Arabs, are definitely / ALIENS FROM
04/04/2014 07:20

12 ) As I said many times / it will take at least 200 year
04/04/2014 10:07
before ISLAM ACCEPTS A JEWISH ENTITY IN ITS RIGHTFUL HOMELAND in the HOLY LAND Until then--we live by the sword! and the best army shall win the day.

13 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
04/04/2014 11:12
wonderful to read !

14 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
04/04/2014 11:44
Conditions? What a stupid idea. In that case, we Israelis have only one condition: We will only negotiate with a single body that also represents Gaza. We are willing to sit with a combined Fatah-Hamas peace talks team, but the Hamas members of that team have to come from the highest levels of the Hamas leadership that openly declares that their goal is a peace treaty with Israel. In other words, a simple condition that should have been a previous prerequisite - but is impossible for the Pals.

15 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/04/2014 12:15

16 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
04/04/2014 12:32
Even if "Israel" put agreements on 40 papers, they never keep their words. How many proof does Palestine need? Stop talking and go to ICC, prosecute these criminals.

17 ) carlos / usa
04/04/2014 19:37
Unbelieveable! Boy the israelis care about this one. I detect fear in the israeli trolls! I wish Palestinians the best. I will encourage boycotts of israel and boycott israel myself.

18 ) WJvW / The Netherlands
04/04/2014 19:59
Isra?l can't trust the Palestinians. Everytime they proof by themselves that they don't keep their words. No other country in the world would bring so many prisoners in your their backyard. Why would Isra?l take that risk? EU should open their eyes!

19 ) Mike / USA
04/04/2014 20:23
The hatred coming out of new cons amazes me.I cannot believe there are so many people that believe in might, not right>

20 ) Sander / The Netherlands
04/04/2014 22:35
Demonstrating leadership ; Welldone !.

21 ) Rustem Hafiz / Iran
04/04/2014 22:37
I thought Usrael wanted to try talking peace, are my thoughts wrong?

22 ) Reader / from Edmonton
05/04/2014 06:42
Israel forces have killed more than 60 Palestinians during the negotiations. But to Israelis, they are just Palestinians and that's just target practise.

23 ) Michael Dar / Israel
05/04/2014 07:56
To Sarah from Holland: It is those, you out of ignorance or deceit call Palestinians who didn't fulfill any of the by them signed agreements while Israel is the one who delivered them "goodies" non-stop!

24 ) ian / australia
05/04/2014 08:57
The new backbone Abbas and Erekat are exhibiting has come as a total surprise and may energize demoralised Palestinians. It's certainly freaking out Team Israel here reducing them to threats of the vicious punishment Israel will rain down on those with the gall to defy it (#7, #10) and other responses of rattled incoherence (#9). Of course, the seven conditions are hardly radical: they're expressions of respect between nations and in an international context utterly commonplace. And the

25 ) ian / australia
05/04/2014 08:58
(contd.) threats (sanctions, privations, withholding taxes, green-lighting building, like the new tourist centre in Silwan, naked revenge etc.) are all HIGHLY illegal (and actionable) under international law, which is the whole point of joining the UN conventions. So the Palestinians, on their side, have logic, historical inevitability and law, and Israel...the frothing, thrashing hysteria of a bully in its final throes. Which is nice.

26 ) ian / australia
05/04/2014 08:59
#14 "In that case, we Israelis have only one condition: We will only negotiate with a single body that also represents Gaza." Touche. Very clever, Brian. But nonsense. Let's say Hamas and Fatah patched things up and formed a unity government and turned up to negotiate a Palestinian state. Do you really think that would effect the Israeli offer? Which is basically nothing or as close to nothing as you can get and still maintain the illusion of "negotiating"?

27 ) Tristian Aleron / Scotland
05/04/2014 16:18
Good mix of comments, given the surprising turn of events made by the Palestinian leadership this week. It will be interesting to see whether this all falls totally flat (no Nobel Prize for Kerry) or intense shuffling in the corridors finally brings everyone to their senses & talks go forward. @Ian (24- 26), I enjoyed your response to Brian. As Gaza's been left in the cold so long, who knows what'd happen. Looking at it pragmatically, it could be an option, unheard voices, new ideas, resolution?

28 ) Colin Wright / USA
06/04/2014 10:51
Listen to the Zionists howl. The PA definitely made the right move here.

29 ) Colin Wright / USA
06/04/2014 10:54
To Tristian #27: 'or intense shuffling in the corridors finally brings everyone to their senses & talks go forward.' What planet have you been on for the last sixty years? Israel has no interest in peace, and only agrees to whatever the US forces her to agree to. Since we're hardly likely to force Israel to do much of anything, there can be no agreement worthy of the name.

30 ) Mel / USA
06/04/2014 14:12
Well Abbas,considering that racist Zionism considers you,& EVERY Palestinian,as a "rat","monkey","animal" offal to be squeezed into "a sausage"(A.Sofer)or"something like a cage","locked up in one way or another"(Benny Morris;2002)?What would Abbas say to Schueftan's arrogant statement to T/Aviv Uni students,"The best thing that has happened to the Arabs is that they agreed to be occupied"? Did u Abbas? Did u "agree",to be occupied,in exchange for your"villa"in the "jungle"?Did u embrace hafrada?
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