PMO: Abbas's words on negotiations do not match his deeds

By REUTERS
November 3, 2012 21:28

 
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's offer to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas without preconditions still stands, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said Saturday.

Responding to Abbas's statement in a Friday interview with Channel 2 that he was "ready to return to the negotiating table," Prime Ministerial spokesman Ofir Gendelman wrote on Twitter that Abbas's "words do not match his deeds."

Abbas, he wrote, "has been refusing to restart peace negotiations for the past 4 years in spite of a series of steps taken by PM Netanyahu to resume negotiations," such as an unprecedented construction freeze in West Bank settlements.

"In addition, President Abbas refuses to discuss the issue of security measures, which is vital to the safety of Israeli citizens," Gendelman continued.

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