“Abu Mazen (Abbas) administered the coup de grâce to the peace process today,” said an Israeli official on the condition of anonymity on Saturday, referring to acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen.
The Israeli official added that Abbas “recycled the same conditions, after he already knows Israel won’t accept them.”
The Israeli regime canceled the so-called peace talks on April 24 in protest at the unity deal reached the previous day. Tel Aviv says it will not deal with any Palestinian government which includes Hamas.
Abbas has said the unity deal does not contradict the negotiations the Palestinian Authority is pursuing with Israel.
The Palestinian Authority has rejected Israel’s opposition to reconciliation with Hamas. It says Hamas is not required to recognize the Israeli regime just as Israel does not recognize Palestine as a state.
Addressing a meeting of the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Saturday, Abbas said Palestinians will never recognize Israel as a “Jewish state.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has put recognition of Israel as a Jewish state as a precondition for any talks on a Palestinian state.
The talks reached a deadlock in late March, when Tel Aviv refused to free the last group of 104 Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal for the resumption of the US-sponsored negotiations.