Last Updated: 2011-05-29
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DOHA, May 29 (NNN-KUNA) -- Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani said Saturday the fact the US was turning a blind eye to Israel's failure to abide by commitments vis-a-vis the peace process in the Middle East, has encouraged the Jewish state to evade its obligations.

Sheikh Hamad, also Foreign Minister, told a meeting of the Arab Peace Initiative Committee, attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, hoped the meeting would be an opportunity to "accurately review" all positions related to the peace process.

"We have accepted many times requests from the United States as a sponsor of the peace process, and welcomed many times the Palestinian National Authority's decision to enter into negotiations with Israel, but the US reluctance, withdrawal and abandonment of pressurizing Israel to respond to the positions and initiatives induced Israel to completely to disavow all of these efforts, and this what happened in (Israeli Premier Benjamin) Netanyahu's speech before the Congress in Washington," he said.

This showed Israel's opposition to peace, he said.

Sheikh Hamad said negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis should not be held for the sake of negotiations only but to reach concrete results that honor aspirations of the Palestinian people, foremost the declaration of their independent state.

Considering the US reaction to the Palestinian conciliatio and inability to refuse the Israeli conditions, he said, "It seems to me that it is better to freeze the search for a peace process until there is a partner who is ready for this process." -- NNN-KUNA