Abbas Calls for ‘Review’ of Agreements with Israel

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday called to “review” the political, economic, and security agreements with Israel, according to the Ma’an news agency.

Speaking at a news conference with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic in Belgrade, Abbas said, "Israel must stop violating agreements and commit to them. They should stop settlement activity, 'Judaization' activities in Jerusalem that bury its Islamic and Christian religious identity and features, and release prisoners."

Abbas also reiterated his refusal of any temporary resolutions or borders in a peace deal, the report added.

The comments amid continuing pressure by the West on Israel and the PA to resume peace talks that were frozen last year when Abbas breached the conditions of the peace talks by signing a request to join several international agencies.

New Zealand recently indicated it is working on the new resolution to revive the long-stalled peace talks.

That initiative was announced after the Security Council in December rejected a resolution that would have set a deadline for reaching a final peace deal and pave the way to the creation of a Palestinian state.

While most of the pressure to resume talks has been on Israel, it is Abbas who has continuously imposed preconditions on peace talks. He recently did so again, demanding that Israel stop construction in Judea and Samaria, release terrorist prisoners and hold talks for a period of no more than a year.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/196576

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