Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev today demanded that the Palestinian government abandon its efforts at international recognition as an independent state and instead return to direct peace talks.
The talks have been stalled since September, when the Israeli government ended its settlement freeze and began expanding settlements further into the territory of what was supposed to be a Palestinian state. The Palestinians have insisted the talks are impossible without a freeze, because the territory they are negotiating over is just getting progressively smaller.
Palestinian negotiator Erekat insisted that the peace talks with Israel are clearly at a “dead-end” and that instead of trying effort after effort to kick-start the failing direct talks they were moving ahead with efforts to secure recognition from the Quartet.
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