'Without peace, Mideast extremism will hit Israel,' Abbas warns

By DANA SOMBERG
May 17, 2016 17:13

 
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the French initiative for an international peace conference aimed at resolving the Middle East conflict.

“Let’s leave everything in the past and let’s meet,” the Palestinian leader said from his headquarters in Ramallah.

Netanyahu has rejected the idea of a peace conference in Paris, insisting that any talks between the two sides should be direct.

“When two sides are invited to a meeting, one cannot present preconditions,” the Palestinian leader said. “It’s the international community that should determine what is right and what isn’t.”

When asked by The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew-language sister publication Ma’ariv why he refuses the Israeli demand to explicitly recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Abbas refused to comment.

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