Palestinians Balk at ‘Reservations’

RAMALLAH (Reuters) -

A top Palestinian official said on Tuesday a framework agreement being crafted by Secretary of State John Kerry to buttress troubled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks may be doomed to fail.

Nabil Abu Rdeineh, spokesman to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said the deal due to be submitted to the two sides in the coming weeks would be “useless” if it allowed them to nominally accept its principles but to express reservations.

“Use of the word ‘reservations’ bogs down the peace process and the use of this concept in the past has got the process stuck,” Abu Rdeineh told Reuters.

In an interview with The Washington Post last week, Kerry said that enabling Israeli and Palestinian leaders to “have some objection” to drafted parameters “is the only way for them to politically be able to keep the negotiations moving.”