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PLO Holds U.S. Responsible for Israel's 'Racist' Policies

Following the Quartet's failed meeting, PLO says it holds the United States responsible for Israel's 'racist' policies.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/13/2011, 3:28 AM / Last Update: 7/13/2011, 6:15 AM

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The Palestinian Authority leadership said on Tuesday it holds the United States responsible for Israel’s “racist” policies, which it claimed had sabotaged the peace process, Reuters reported.

The Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) executive committee convened in Ramallah, after Monday’s meeting of the Quartet in Washington failed to announce any progress towards reviving peace talks.

The PLO said in a statement released after its meeting that recent developments had confirmed the need for the PA to ask the UN General Assembly for international recognition of a Palestinian state in September.

The PLO also said that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government aims to prevent any resumption of negotiations and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

“The only option facing the world today, especially the United States, is to use all tools to oblige the occupiers to halt their racist, expansionary policy,” read the statement. “The United States bears the prime responsibility for the continuation of this racist (Israeli) policy.”

During their meeting on Monday, the Quartet representatives failed to come up with a statement that summarized their discussions of ways to jump start peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

But while the PA is using the Quartet’s failure to reach an agreement as a means to pursue its unilateral statehood bid, the PA does not have the support of most of the world’s leading nations, including the U.S.

European Union parliamentarians have also expressed their opposition to the move, telling EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in a letter that the move would be “a counterproductive step we fear could set back the chances for peace.”