A political analyst has denounced the planned resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority(PA) as “meaningless theatrics” aimed at covering up Washington and Tel Aviv’s agenda in the region.“The so - called ‘peace talks’ initiated by[US Secretary of State] John Kerry between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are meaningless theatrics that are part of a stratagem concealing and obscuring the real intentions of the US and Israel in the Middle East, ” said Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya in a Friday article titled “John Kerry’s Israeli - Palestinian talks are a cover for aggression and annexation” on Russia Today’s website.
“While the destitute Palestinian people undergo territorial disposition, the sham peace talks have served as nothing more than a smokescreen for Tel Aviv to systematically colonize what is left of the Palestinian homeland as Israeli Lebensraum or ‘living space’. ”The idea of negotiations is used as a “convenient tool” to distract the international public opinion by portraying Israel as a “reasonable entity willing to make concessions for peace and security,” he added. While Israel has made no concessions in reality, the Palestinian side has been the only party which has been making the real compromises under pressures from Washington and Israel, the article pointed out. Nazemroaya described the PA as “a US and Israeli client that polices the Palestinians for Washington and Tel Aviv” and also warned that US mediator in the planned talks Martin Indyk “has been tied to every tentacle of the Zionist lobby inside and outside of the United States.” “Whatever the reasons are behind the renewal of the futile talks between Tel Aviv and the PA, the US government and Israel are not interested in a just resolution. Neither the talks nor the negotiators nor the US government, as a broker, are genuine,” the article read. On Thursday, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said talks between the PA and the Israeli regime will resume on August 14 in al-Quds (Jerusalem). On July 19, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas rejected the US’ proposal for the resumption of talks, saying it “considers the Palestinian Authority’s return to negotiations with the occupation to be at odds with the national consensus.” On Sunday, hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah and began marching towards the PA Acting Chief Mahmoud Abbas' headquarters to protest against the planned resumption of talks with Israel. The last Palestinian-Israeli talks were halted in September 2010 after Tel Aviv refused to freeze its settlement activities in the West Bank. Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip, and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian territories occupied in the Six-Day War of 1967. Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.