Report: Erekat Resigns From Peace Talks

YERUSHALAYIM -

Saeb Erekat, chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, and others in the delegation resigned in protest over lack of progress in talks with Israel, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported.

According to the report, Erekat accused Israel of deviating from prior agreements not to continue building over the Green Line.

Israeli officials reject this, saying that no such commitment was made and that the Palestinians knew in advance of the latest building projects.

Ynet quoted informed sources who said that Erekat’s resignation was a bluff, intended to apply pressure ahead of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the region next week

People close to Erekat declined to comment on the report on Thursday, saying only that Erekat was meeting with Abbas, Israel Radio reported.