Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations ‘dangerous,’ Palestinian NGOs say

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An Israeli woman injured in the southern city of Beer Sheva from a rocket launched from Gaza in 2009. Similar rockets have been launched since Palestinian and Israeli officials renewed peace talks in Washington D.C. earlier this week. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) A group of 133 Palestinian NGOs based in the Gaza Strip,
Judea and Samaria, and Jerusalem released a statement Wednesday that renewing Israeli-Palestinian conflict talks would be
“dangerous” after a three-year hiatus.

An Israeli woman injured in the southern city of Beer Sheva from a rocket launched from Gaza in 2009. Similar rockets have been launched since Palestinian and Israeli officials renewed peace talks in Washington D.C. earlier this week. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Palestinian NGO
Network believes renewed negotiations are unwise because Israel has refused to return to its pre-1967 lines, freeze constriction in Judea and Samaria, and release Palestinian
terrorists incarcerated in Israel jails. The Israeli cabinet, however, on Sunday agreed to free 104 Palestinian terrorists imprisoned before the 1993 Oslo Accords as a goodwill gesture for the start of negotiations.

“Negotiations act as
a cover for Israel’s expansionist and racist policies in a blatant exploitation
of the so-called political process, in order to dispel the goals of the
national Palestinian struggle,” the Palestinian NGO Network statement said, according to Middle East Monitor.

At the same time, since
the resumption of the peace talks in Washington, DC, rocket fire has resumed from Gaza into
southern Israel, with the latest rocket reported to be launched on Tuesday. An air-raid rocket siren was also activated in the
Golan Heights on Thursday, though no confirmation of a missile launch has yet been
announced.

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Source: JNS.org

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