Hamas tells Palestinian president not to make concessions at summit next month.
For instance, the Quartet has never even mentioned the 2004 advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice, which sets out the legal framework for dealing with the Palestinian territory, he said.
“The question is will Fatah be strong enough to contain such a powerful ‘partner’ or will it be just exploited and eroded over time?
Al Jazeera’s David Chater, reporting from the West Bank city of Ramallah, said that Rice would be taking note of Dugard’s comments.
One of the points Dugard raised was that hopes are being fanned in a large way by the ongoing talks, and if those hopes are frustrated, that could lead to a third intifada, Chater said.
Before her arrival in Jerusalem on Sunday, she said that Israeli clarifications that the project was to ease Palestinian movement did little to ease concerns.
The land is being confiscated to build a road linking Palestinian areas cut off by the route of the separation barrier.
Palestinians say the plan threatens the ability to create an independent state in the West Bank.
|Rice discussed the latest Israeli land seizure
with Barak in Jerusalem on Monday [AFP]
But even before she began her meetings, Olmert suggested that an outline agreement was not necessary for the conference to go ahead.
The goal “is to arrive at a joint statement during the international conference, even though the existence of such a statement was never a condition for holding this conference,” Olmert said.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams have already begun discussing the document which is expected to address “core issues”, such as borders, sovereignty over disputed Jerusalem and a solution for Palestinian refugees.
Israel is pressing for a vaguely worded document that would give it more room to manoeuvre, while the Palestinians want a detailed preliminary agreement with a timetable for creating a Palestinian state.