Last updated: 11 January, 2012

Jordan Islamists: Israel-Palestinian talks “absurd”

Jordan’s powerful opposition Islamists urged Palestinians on Wednesday to quit “absurd” negotiations with Israel, two days after Amman hosted the second round of informal talks between the two sides.

“We demand the Palestinian Authority leave the dark tunnel of absurd negotiations with Israel that only serves Zionist and American interests,” the Islamic Action Front (IAF) said in a statement on its website.

“Going back to negotiations in light of increasing settlement building in the West Bank and Jerusalem means neglecting Palestinian rights.”

The IAF, the political arm of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood, said the talks “would come at the expense of Palestinian people to save the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, which fears the Arab Spring.

It added the negotiations were also designed to “support US President Barack Obama in his election battle.”

On January 3, negotiators from both camps held their first face-to-face meeting in more than 15 months, in an encounter arranged by Jordan and attended by officials from the Quartet of diplomatic peacemakers for the Middle East.