Abbas rejects any compromise on Israeli settlements: advisor

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas Friday rejected any compromise that does not guarantee a “complete halt” to Israeli settlement activity, his advisor Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP.

“A total freeze must be maintained on settlement activity in the Palestinian territories, including in Jerusalem. We reject any partial solution,” he said two days before a 10-month partial moratorium on settlement construction in the occupied West Bank ends.

“Partial solutions do not create a suitable climate for the pursuit of negotiations,” Abu Rudeina said of the direct talks with Israel that resumed at the beginning of the month after a 20-month break.