[Wednesday October 30, 2013] Chief Palestinian Negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas never accepted a transitional solution to the conflict, and will never abandon the legitimate Palestinian rights.Talking to the Al-Ayyam Palestinian Paper, Erekat said that such rumors are unfounded, and violate the understanding reached between Israel and the Palestinians, clearly stating that direct peace talks aim at attaining a solution on all final status issues without transitional or partial agreements.
â€śThe current talks we are holding with Tel Aviv are on all core, final status, issues, â€śErekat said, â€śWe never discussed transitional solutions, including a state with temporary borders, the Palestinian leadership rejects transitional solutionsâ€ť.
Erekatâ€™s statements came after the Israeli Radio alleged on Tuesday evening that Abbas always rejected transitional solutions, including solutions on issues like Jerusalem and the refugees, â€śbut recently showed some leniency, and changed his mind on a transitional solution to the conflictâ€ť.
â€śIt seems that Israel is blowing hot air to test the groundsâ€ť, Erekat added, â€śBut in real life, such statements are nonsense, and baselessâ€ť.
As for Israelâ€™s ongoing illegal settlement construction and expansion activities, Erekat said that Israel must stop all of its violations immediately to throw the peace process a chance to survive.
â€śAll settlements are illegitimate, illegalâ€ť, The Palestinian official said, â€śIsrael must halt its settlement activities immediately, without any delaysâ€ť.
The statements came after the Israeli Government of Benjamin Netanyahu officially approved the construction of an additional 1500 units for Jewish settlers in Ramat Shlomo illegal settlement, in occupied Jerusalem.