Palestinians Discuss Walkout on Peace Talks

YERUSHALAYIM -

A day after the United States announced the intensification of peace talks, Palestinian officials are talking about declaring them a failure and walking away, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

Hanna Amireh, a senior member of the PLO Executive Committee, said that this was one of the scenarios under discussion during the last meeting of the Palestinian leadership.

Amireh accused Israel of trying to “win time” and blame the Palestinians for the collapse of the talks. He charged that Justice Minister Tzipi Livni’s comment that the talks could exceed the nine-month target date set by the U.S., violated the agreement both sides entered into with the Americans.

Israeli officials, in compliance with the established ground rules of avoiding public comment, refused to discuss Monday’s talks.

Livni would say only that she was “cautiously optimistic.”