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Erekat: Israel responsible for peace process collapse

Oct. 31, 2014 8:25 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 31, 2014 8:25 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Friday said that he held the Israeli government "completely responsible" for the recent deterioration in the peace process with Palestinians.

Erekat said on Friday that the collapse of the process is a result of the ongoing Jewish settlement activities, violations against the Al-Aqsa mosque, displacment of Palestinians and taking over of homes in addition to land confiscation, home demolition, and the ongoing siege on the Gaza Strip.

Erekat's statement came during a meeting with the political director of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French consul in Palestine, a delegation from the German parliament, president of the International Federation for Human Rights Karim Lahadji and the deputy president of the federation Shawan Jabarin.

He said that the Israeli government "aims to destroy" the two-state solution and impose apartheid in the occupied Palestinian lands.

Erekat called upon the international community to recognize the state of Palestine on the borders of 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, pointing out that the recent Swedish recognition of Palestine is in line with international law.

He added that whoever supports the two-state solution must recognize both states.
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