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Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, says Israel would be to blame for the failure of a new round peace talks if it continues settlement expansion on occupied land.
Abbas was addressing the Palestinian people on Sunday ahead of peace talks with Israel scheduled for later this week in Washington.
Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President, said, "The Israeli government alone will bear the responsibility of threatening these negotiations with collapse and failure if it continues settlement expansion in all its forms in all the Palestinian lands it has occupied since 1967."
The Palestinians have threatened to pull out of the face-to-face peace talks with Israel, unless it extends a moratorium on West Bank settlement building when it expires on September 26th.
The Palestinians aim to found a state alongside Israel in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital. Israel has occupied all these territories since the 1967 Middle East war.