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Israeli deputy FM: Palestinians haven't budged 'a millimeter'

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin claims that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to pay a political price for advancing negotiations, unlike the Palestinian partners.
Palestinian Fatah supporters hold placards showing pictures of President Mahmoud Abbas (R) and late leader Yasser Arafat during a rally in support of Abbas in the West Bank village of Tubas near Jenin March 16, 2014. With pessimism growing over future of Middle East peace talks, U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Abbas in Washington on Monday to try to break stalemate. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3HADW
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Moments before what looks like the breakdown of the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin, a senior member of the hawkish wing of the Likud Party, is preparing for an information campaign war in the international arena. With the Kerry document about to be released, Elkin blames the Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership for the deadlock.

In an interview with Al-Monitor, he emphasizes the steep political and public price that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has paid for his willingness to conduct the negotiations, and explains why he plans to fight against the implementation of the fourth pulse in the release of Palestinian security prisoners.

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