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Palestinians not ask for U.S. guarantees after Israeli incentive package: official

11-25-2010 16:50 BJT

RAMALLAH, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian leadership has not asked for any guarantees following incentives package from the United States to Israel, a Palestinian official said Wednesday.

The Palestinians "have not entered any kind of trade-off with the United States," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official, adding "We asked nothing in return."

His remarks followed media reports that Washington, which tries to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, considered offering guarantees to the Palestinian National Authority in exchange for Israel's incentives.

According to the report, the guarantees ensured continuous U.S. support to the establishment of a Palestinian statehood and the Palestinian determination for East Jerusalem as capital of their future statehood.

Israel is still studying the U.S. offer, which urges it to halt settlement building in the West Bank for three months in exchange for political and military benefits, including several F-35 war jets from the U.S. government.

The Palestinian officials have rejected resuming the negotiations with Israel, protesting against the U.S. proposal which allows Israel to continue the expansion of Jewish settlements in Jerusalem.

"The settlement construction must be completely halted, instead of being frozen temporarily," Abed Rabbo said.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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