RAMALLAH, February 5 (JMCC) - Lead Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat
has come out in opposition to an economic packaged announced by Israel
's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Erekat accused the Israeli government of lies and called on the international community to pressure Israel to fulfill its peace process obligations.
It would be better for Netanyahu to declare a halt to settlement, and to recognize the Palestinian state on the June 1967 borders rather than to shirk its responsibilities and launch lies here and there, Erekat told the website QudsNet.
The package of economic incentives were worked out between Israeli negotiators and Quartet representative Tony Blair before a meeting of the Quartet - representative of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia - on Saturday.
Among the concessions offered by Israel was the proposal that Palestinian Authority
security forces be allowed to operate in all seven cities in the West Bank
In addition, Israel said it would move forward in a deal with the Palestinian Authority to harvest a natural gas field off the coast of Gaza
, allow 20 construction projects to progress in the Gaza Strip, expand export from Gaza and grant 5,000 Gaza residents living in the West Bank with West Bank identity cards.