|U.S. Mideast shuttle diplomacy is futile: Iran||
TEHRAN – A top Iranian lawmaker has said it is an illusion to imagine that the diplomatic efforts by the U.S. would lead to a long-sought peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
“It is futile to assume that (U.S. officials’) shuttle diplomacy and diplomatic maneuvers would produce any tangible results and these visits would only waste time and energy,” Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday.
Larijani said, “Hezbollah and Hamas have found that resistance is the key to victory.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry introduced a new proposal for security arrangements in the West Bank on Thursday in hopes of pushing forward the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Xinhua reported on Friday upon Kerry’s visit to Israel.
Kerry visited Israel to push both sides to move along in the negotiations, which have been reportedly stuck due to Israel’s ongoing construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem settlements, according to the report.
Kerry and his special adviser General John Allen, who accompanied him, presented the plan to both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thursday morning and then to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting held in Ramallah on Thursday afternoon.
According to reports by Palestinian media outlets, Abbas rejected the plan, citing an official Palestinian source.
“The Palestinian side rejected the (ideas) because they would only lead to prolonging and maintaining the occupation,” the official said.
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