PLO official: Israel asked US out of negotiating room

US-Mideast-Talks-Kerr_Horo-e1375250355246-635x357 Hanan Ashrawi claims Israel doesn’t want the Americans as witnesses in order to ‘exploit their power over the Palestinians’
By Elhanan Miller
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GFacebooktTwittermEmail^RSSNewsroommEmailGFacebooktTwitterRelated TopicsIsraeli-Palestinian peace talksHanan AshrawiTzipi LivniA PLO official accused Israel on Thursday of undermining negotiations by demanding the removal of the Americans from the negotiation room in a bid “to exploit their power over the Palestinians.”
“We had an agreement on three-way negotiations. The Americans from the beginning were supposed to be there. I don’t see why the Israelis don’t want the Americans there, as witnesses,” Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, told The Times of Israel. “These are not two-way negotiations,” she added.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met secretly at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel on Tuesday, Israeli officials said. A second meeting, held at a secret location the same day, reportedly included Washington’s representative to the talks Martin Indyk.

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