The Palestinian Authority will seek to restart talks with Israel next month, backed by Ramallah’s newly gained status as a nonmember observer state of the United Nations.
Palestinian neogitator Saeb Erekat told Palestinian radio that the Palestinians will look to work with international officials in going back to the table with Jerusalem, Israel Radio reported.
The two sides have not held direct high-level talks since September 2010, at the tail end of a 10-month Israeli settlement freeze. Israel says it wants talks without preconditions, but the Palestinians have demanded that settlement construction stop before they engage in talks, which they say should pick up where they left off with former prime minister Ehud Olmert in 2008.
In an interview with Radio Palestine, Erekat said the Palestinians will demand the release of prisoners held in Israeli jails, a halt to settlement construction and an end to Israel’s control of the West Bank.