Palestinian officials are willing to give the U.S. more time to try to arrange direct peace negotiations with Israel, which reached a deadlock after Israel lifted its ban on Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Reuters reports. But Palestinian authorities will remain firm on their demand for Israel to renew the construction ban, a top official said, according to the news agency.
“If the Americans needed two more weeks they can have the two more weeks,” said Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, as quoted by Reuters. “We’re waiting to hear from the Americans and there is no reason to convene the Arab follow-up committee until we hear what the Americans have to offer.”
He added: “The key is in [Israel Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s hands. The choice is his: settlements or peace. He cannot have both.”