Larijani Says PA-Israel Negotiations of no use to the Palestinians
Larijani Says PA-Israel Negotiations Not Beneficial
Iranian Parliament Speaker says the US-sponsored talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have not led to any benefits for the Palestinians.
Ali Larijani dismissed US President Barack Obama's pledge to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The comments come as Israel and the PA launched direct negotiations on September 2 in Washington under pressure from Washington.
The talks, vehemently opposed by the Palestinian public and other major factions, soon reached an impasse when Israel refused to renew a partial settlement freeze after it expired on September 26.
Palestinians argue that Israel's continued settlement expansion is aimed at stripping the occupied West Bank of its Palestinian and Islamic identity and judaizing the land where they plan to build their future Palestinian state.
Larijani also went on to say that the Middle East talks have failed to produce any result that could help the Palestinians and address any of the key problems that they face.
Among them, he listed, the violation of the rights of Palestinian refugees, expansion of Jewish settlements, and the siege on the Gaza Strip.
The speaker added that the Obama administration's rhetoric has brought about nothing but exacerbating the situation for the Palestinians.
On Wednesday, the Israeli regime approved the construction of 625more settlement units on occupied Palestinian territories in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).