Nabil Sha'ath, a senior member of the Fatah (PLO) Central Committee said in an interview with Ma'ariv that, "The negotiations have already failed. However, we will keep our team at the (negotiating) table for the sake of the prisoners."
"We are committed to these talks for nine months, and we will hang on until all 104 of the prisoners have been released," he said, adding, "For the sake of the prisoners, we won't break the rules, we'll continue in the negotiations and not go to the UN. But I don't think anything can be accomplished with the present policies of the current Israeli government."
"However, if there is another program -- like the one for the construction of 20,000 housing units that was announced a few weeks ago -- we will walk out immediately," Sha'ath warned.