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Topic - Hanan Ashrawi
A bid for U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine is a last-ditch attempt to rescue troubled Mideast peace efforts, a Palestinian spokeswoman said Wednesday, rejecting Israel's charge that it is an attempt to bypass negotiations.
Palestinian officials on Monday lamented that their quest for statehood has taken a back seat to Iran's nuclear program and President Obama's re-election campaign, a day after Mr. Obama delivered a defense of his Mideast policy to a top pro-Israel lobbying group.
KUFR NAMEH, West Bank
Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official, said Israel's settlement plans are a slap in the face of the Palestinians and Kerry.
"It is not just deliberate sabotage of the talks, but really a destruction of the outcome," she said.