Palestinians reject Israel talks proposal as 'blackmail'

AFP , Monday 31 Mar 2014

The Palestinians have rejected an Israeli proposal to extend the crumbling peace talks beyond 29 April, saying it was akin to "blackmail," an official in Ramallah told AFP on Monday.

"Israel is practising a policy of blackmail and linking its agreement to releasing the fourth batch of prisoners with the Palestinians accepting to extend the negotiations," the official said following a late-night meeting at which the proposal was laid out to chief negotiator Saeb Erakat.

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