"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's speech [at the United Nations General Assembly] leaves little hope for the future," said Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) on Monday in a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Israel Haruhisa Takeuchi.
According to Rivlin, Abbas "cries over the loss of his home in Safed in '48, and not the establishment of the settlements in '67. Abbas's speech illustrates in the best way why today, 63 years later, there isn't peace between the sides."
He explained that Abbas's speech demonstrates his belief that the conflict is not rooted in settlement explansion, but in the existance of the State of Israel.
"We need to understand that only common interest will bring us to peace. If a Palestinian state is established next to the Jewish state, and the hostility continues, it will lead us to a predictable explosion," he said.