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US efforts to revive Middle East peace talks doomed to fail, Iran deputy FM says
Acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 19, 2013.
Acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 19, 2013.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Washington’s efforts to kick-start the long-stalled negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders are doomed to fail since Tel Aviv does not abide by the commitments it makes in negotiations.


The US will be unsuccessful because the Israeli regime has broken all the pledges it has made in the talks with the Palestinians since the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993, Iran's deputy foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs said on Friday.

Because the oppressed Palestinian people will always rely on Islamic resistance to determine their own destiny, and particularly for the restoration of their inalienable right to liberate all of the occupied territories, their hearts will not be won over by these efforts, he stated.

Amir-Abdollahian also advised Palestinian leaders to rely on the strong will of their people and to not trust in empty promises about the establishment of peace with the Israelis.

On Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said if everything goes as expected, Israel-Palestine negotiations will resume soon.

“We have reached an agreement that establishes the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” he said. “This is a significant and welcome step forward.”

“The agreement is still in the process of being formalized,” he added, but gave no details on what had been agreed so far. “If everything goes as expected,” Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will hold initial talks “within the next week or so,” he stated.

The Palestinian-Israeli talks were halted in September 2010 over disagreements on Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the Gaza Strip and thus 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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