In an unusual gesture Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Tuesday sent separate condolence letters to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who is sitting in mourning for his father in Jerusalem.
Direct communication between Palestinian and Israeli leaders has been scant since Netanyahu took office in March 2009.
Netanyahu last met with Abbas in September 2010 and during his premiership he has never held a face-to-face meeting with Fayyad. The two men were suppose to meet last month, however Fayad canceled at the last moment.
But on Tuesday, Abbas and Fayyad were among the first governmental leaders to tell Netanyahu that they were sorry for his loss. The text of their letters was not released to the media.
Netanyahu’s father Ben-Zion, a renown historian, died early Monday morning at age 102. He was buried later that day.
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