Monday, September 13, 2010

Israeli Settlement Expansion to Resume - P.A. Continues Talks Without Settlement Freeze

[Press TV News] HAMAS Says PA Talks With Zionists Is Tantamount To Capitulation:

"shabbirh | September 13, 2010

PA to renew Israeli talks without freeze

Despite Israel's refusal to extend its settlement freeze, the Palestinian Authority (PA) will still resume the second round of direct talks with Tel Aviv.

The upcoming meeting will be held at Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and acting PA Chief Mahmoud Abbas held the first round of negotiations in Washington on September 2.

Following the first meeting, Abbas warned that he would leave the negotiations should Israel resume its illegal settlement activities.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell will also travel to Egypt to attend the meeting.

The four officials will then move to al-Quds (Jerusalem) for a second day of talks on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama will meet with Abbas and Netanyahu in New York next week during the UN General Assembly meeting.

The second round of Israeli-PA talks comes after Israel on Monday approved the construction of more than 13,000 new settler units in the occupied West Bank.

In November, the Israeli premier announced a 10-month freeze on illegal settlement expansion projects in the occupied West Bank.

But Tel Aviv has repeatedly violated the freeze, which expires on September 26, by continuing to construct more settlement units.

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Israeli tanks roll into Gaza Strip

Israeli tanks have attacked Palestinian refugee camp of al-Burage in their second invasion of the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours.

The Israeli military claimed Monday that the attack was in retaliation for mortar attacks by Hamas fighters on southern Israel.

There have been no immediate reports of casualties, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The raid came after an Israeli tank on Sunday killed three people in the town of Beit Hanoun.

The Israeli violation of the coastal enclave comes after the Palestinian Authority engaged in direct talks with Tel Aviv.

The incursion is in violation of a Palestinian demand for Israel's complete withdrawal behind the borders of 1967, when it captured Gaza, the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Gaza is still far from recovering from the Israeli war at the turn of 2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, most of them civilians.

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