President Shimon Peres told AFP on Thursday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is still a "serious partner for peace."
Peres made the remarks in spite of the PA president's unilateral bid for statehood at the United Nations. Commenting on the move, Peres said: "I told him- look it's not the proper time to do it. But I still believe he's a serious partner and a serious man and I have respect for him," according to AFP.
Peres also said Abbas showed bravery in going to the UN and standing up for peace against terrorism. He added that Abbas felt "abandoned" by Israel, America and Europe.