Likud slams Peres for encouraging condemnation of Israel

The Likud party on Sunday responded to remarks by President Shimon Peres criticizing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for not finding a partner for peace in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Likud said in a statement it is "regrettable that the president chooses to express a political opinion that is detached from the Israeli public's position regarding Abbas, who refuses to make peace."
They continued to say it is "even more regrettable that the present chooses to present [these opinions] in front of foreign diplomats, a political stand that encourages condemnation for Israel in the international community," adding that the prime minister has consistently called on Abbas to return to the table, but Abbas has failed to even condemn the firing of rockets on Israeli citizens by Hamas.
"It is a shame the president did not explain to the foreign diplomats how his comments on Abbas reconcile with the fact [Abbas] did not even condemn the firing of rockets on Israeli citizens," the statement said.
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