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    Once again demonstrating the "Palestinian" commitment to peace, PM Fayyad "torpedoed" direct peace talks with his Israeli counterpart because he feared the reaction in the streets (read: Hamas) to any peace talks with Israel. Note that the authors (listed below) state in no uncertain terms that "the militant Hamas ... rejects peace with Israel" and that "reconciliation efforts between Abbas' Fatah movement and Hamas have repeatedly stalled," facts which stand in stark contrast to the camel crap some here, like Tinhorn, spend much time shoveling.


    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian prime minister pulled out of a planned meeting with Israel's leader on Tuesday, torpedoing what was set to be the highest-level talks between the sides in nearly two years.

    The meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, attended by two lower level Palestinian officials, lasted less than an hour and ended with a brief joint statement pledging to seek peace. It signaled little progress was made.

    Even before Salam Fayyad's pullout, both sides played down expectations for the meeting, which the Palestinians portrayed as a last-ditch effort to salvage peace talks before the U.S. presidential election season.

    The Palestinians were represented by Saeb Erekat, their chief negotiator, and a top security official, Majed Faraj. They gave no explanation for Fayyad's absence.

    Fayyad told his colleagues that he was pulling out of the meeting because he had reservations about the letter's contents and was worried about public opposition to the meeting, said an official in his office. The official requested anonymity because the matter's sensitivity.

    The letter says Israel must freeze all settlement construction and accept its pre-1967 war boundaries as the basis for the borders of a future Palestine, with mutually agreed upon modifications, according to drafts of the document obtained by The Associated Press. Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza — the territories claimed by the Palestinians — in the 1967 Mideast war.

    Further complicating peace efforts, Gaza is now controlled by the militant Hamas, which rejects peace with Israel. Reconciliation efforts between Abbas' Fatah movement and Hamas have repeatedly stalled.

    In an interview with the al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar accused Abbas of "providing the Israeli side nothing but concessions." He said the letter was a "trick" to fool the Palestinian people that "something is going on in the so-called peace process."

    Tuesday's meeting came as the Palestinians marked their annual day of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

    Some 3,500 prisoners refused meals on "Prisoners' Day," and 1,200 of them said they would continue with an open-ended hunger strike, according to Israeli prison service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman.

    The day's activities coincided with the release of the longest hunger striker in Palestinian history.

    Khader Adnan, who did not eat for 66 days, was freed late Tuesday as part of a deal reached with Israel.

    The fate of the roughly 4,000 prisoners held by Israel is one of the most emotional issues for Palestinians. They are generally seen as heroes — even when their crimes have involved killing Israeli civilians.

    Also Tuesday, the Palestinians' Independent Commission for Human Rights said in its annual report for 2011 that rival West Bank and Gaza governments both violated their people's rights.

    Director Ahmed Harb said more than 100 Palestinians said they were tortured by security forces, and journalists said they faced restrictions.

    Harb said in the West Bank, people were denied government jobs or fired because of loyalties to groups, especially Hamas. Also, in some cases security services ignored rulings to release prisoners.

    In Gaza, Harb complained that Hamas officials were implementing the death penalty.

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    Associated Press writers Haitham Hamad, Diaa Hadid and Dalia Nammari in Ramallah, Daniella Cheslow in Jerusalem and Ibrahim Barzak in Gaza City contributed to this report.

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    Fayyad has never been the prime minister of Palestine. Where do they get this stuff?
     
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    Palestine is Israel. The Romans invented the word palestine to call Israel during the Roman Empire. Now, it's Israel, again

    Are the palestinians Italian? Does Italy own Israel?
     
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    Perhaps because there is no Palestine (are you getting this?) but he is the PM of something called the "Palestinian National Authority." Maybe you should look it up.
     
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    I did. He is not.
     
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    So, he's the PM of Israel, since palestine is Israel? I thought Bibi was PM of Israel. No?
     
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    The Romans also changed Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, named after Hadrian, whose family name was Aelius

    Do we still call the city Aelia Capitolina or its correct historical name of Jerusalem?

    Similarly, Israel, not the Roman invention of palestine, is the correct name of the land
     
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