Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wants Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to show the seriousness of his intentions by making his own Bar-Ilan speech, calling for a two state solution.

"I'd like to see Abu Mazen [Abbas] give the Birzeit [University] speech," Netanyahu said in an interview with i24News.

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"I'd like him to stand, as I did in front of my constituencies, and say 'two states for two peoples. A Jewish state alongside a Palestinian state.' I've yet to hear him say that."

The prime minister stressed that such a speech is important to him because, much like his own speech at Bar-Ilan University, it is not an easy speech to make.

"I have made real efforts, painful efforts, I gave the Bar-Ilan speech, which wasn't easy to do as a Likud leader in front of a religious university," he told i24News.

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