Israel incapable of negotiation with Palestinians: Araqchi

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi

Press TV -(Sun Jul 21, 2013) Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi says Tehran is against the resumption of talks between Israel and Palestinians as Tel Aviv is incapable of dialogue.

The Israeli regime’s structure is based on occupation and therefore it is incapable of negotiating and reaching an agreement with Palestinians, Araqchi said on Sunday. 
He added that the Tel Aviv regime is not ready to pay the price for peace due to its warmongering nature. 
“Islamic Republic of Iran, along with Palestinian groups, opposes the proposed plan and [Iran] is confident that the occupying Zionist regime [of Israel] does not believe in the principle of withdrawal from the occupied territories,” the Iranian spokesperson stated.
Iran believes that developments in the Middle East should be addressed based on the principles of justice and human dignity, considering the real roots of the crisis and trying to resolve it based on asserting the rights of Palestinians and other regional nations.
He further criticized the US peace plan for its failure to address the main and fundamental issues of al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland.
Araqchi reiterated that lasting peace in the Middle East would be established only through the settlement of major issues including putting an end to the occupation of Palestinian territories, giving the right to the Palestinian people to determine their own fate, the return of all refugees to their homeland and establishing a united Palestinian government with al-Quds as its capital.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel have agreed to meet and prepare for the resumption of talks.
“We have reached an agreement that establishes the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” Kerry said, adding, “The agreement is still in the process of being formalized.”
He gave no details of what had been agreed so far.
The Palestinian-Israeli talks were halted in September 2010 over disagreements on Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian territories occupied in the Six-Day War of 1967.
Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds. 

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