Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu criticized the Palestinian leadership's unwillingness to engage in direct talks in an interview that aired Friday night on Channel 1.
"We walk towards peace and they distance themselves from it," said Netanyahu. "If they can't sit with us, how can we achieve peace?"
The prime minister stated his willingness to discuss the end of the government's building freeze in Judea and Samaria, set to end in September, with Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas. He went as far as to say that he would go to Ramallah to negotiate with Abbas if the PA chairman would come to Jerusalem.