Abbas: 'The ball is in America's court'

In television interview, PA president urges US to push Israel into accelerating the peace process.

abbas smirk 224 88 ap (photo credit: AP [file])
abbas smirk 224 88 ap
(photo credit: AP [file])
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday evening urged the United States to push Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government into accelerating the peace process. Speaking to a Jordanian television station, Abbas questioned the US commitment to peace in the Middle East. "The ball is in America's court," he was quoted as saying. "[The US] needs to ask itself if it wants peace, or to continue with the status quo." The PA president opined that in the current situation, Israel came out as "the biggest loser." He went on to warn Israel that if it refuses to make peace with the Palestinian people, it will be responsible for destabilizing the security and politics of the entire region. Abbas is slated to meet US President Barack Obama in late May.