PressTV – Israel to blame for failed talks with Palestinians: Analyst

PressTV – Israel to blame for failed talks with Palestinians: Analyst.

The Israeli regime is to blame for so many inconclusive rounds of talks designed to establish peace in the occupied Palestinian territories, an analyst tells Press TV in an interview.

Norman Gary Finkelstein was talking to Press TV about the US-brokered so-called peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).

“There was [even] a consensus among the American negotiators that the burden of responsibility for the collapse of the negotiations fell squarely on Israel’s shoulders,” he added.

Finkelstein said even US Secretary of State John Kerry, testifying before Congress, acknowledged that the Israeli regime was responsible for the collapse of those negotiations.

“There is simply no evidence whatsoever, none whatsoever, not a jot…that these negotiations collapsed because the Palestinians refused to recognize Israel,” said the analyst.

Finkelstein added that it was no “surprise” to see the Palestinians resist the Israeli atrocities when the Zionist regime gives them “two options, namely to resist or to…die.”

He played down Israeli allegations of facing “existential threat” from the Palestinians, saying, “If Israel is facing an existential threat, then the existential threat faced by its neighbors is about 20 times the existential threat faced by Israel.”

Angered by a recently-clinched unity pact between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, the Tel Aviv regime suspended the so-called peace talks with the Palestinian Authority on April 24 and threatened to impose further sanctions against Palestinians.

On the same day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Fox News that the negotiations with Palestinians would be “essentially dead” if the authority goes ahead with the unity deal with Hamas.

Netanyahu says Abbas should “tear up” the pact with Hamas, adding that Tel Aviv would not engage in talks with the Palestinian Authority while it has the backing of Hamas.

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