The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation has accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of failing to provide clear answers to the issues which are disrupting the peace process. Netanyahu sent a response to a letter from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last month. The main issues, noted the PLO, are settlement expansion, particularly in Jerusalem and its environs; Israeli recognition of the 1967 borders as the basis of a Palestinian state; and a commitment to release Palestinian prisoners.
In a statement issued at the conclusion of its meeting in Ramallah on Sunday, the PLO Executive Committee confirmed its support for the position expressed by President Mahmoud Abbas during his meeting with the Israeli envoy, Yitzhak Molcho, as well as his insistence on the need to resolve the prisoners’ issue and end their suffering by responding to their demands. The Committee called on the International Middle East Quartet to intervene to correct the course of the peace process, dedicate its commitment to the grounds on which it is based to enable its re-launch, and to remove the obstacles that still stand in the way.