Abbas claims Netanyahu snubbed him

Hours after PM reiterates invite to negotiate, PA head claims Netanyahu's people dropped efforts to set a meeting 2 months ago.

Ari Yashar,

Netanyahu and Abbas (file)
Netanyahu and Abbas (file)
Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash 90

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chariman Mahmoud Abbas claimed on Thursday to Israeli journalists that he tried to arrange a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu two months ago, and was snubbed.

"There were contacts for a meeting with Netanyahu two months ago, but his people evaded meetings in advance meant to agree on the meeting," claimed Abbas, as reported by Channel 2.

Netanyahu's staff responded to the claims, saying, "he (Abbas) has already claimed this in the past, and we denied it. ...It isn't correct. This is an attempt by Abbas to evade his responsibility for the absence of negotiations. Even today in Davos Netanyahu called on Abbas to return to negotiations without preconditions."

The PA head also said, "I don't incite, in contrast to the claims of the Israeli ministers. I call on them to show me where exactly I incited."

Such examples in fact abound, as just last month Abbas called the murder of innocent Israelis a "peaceful uprising." His Fatah faction and PA have constantly aired pro-terror incitement in various media forms.

In early September he is viewed as having kicked off the current terror wave, when he blessed every drop of blood shed in Jerusalem "for Allah" and called to stop "filthy" Jews from visiting the Temple Mount. Then in early October as the terror wave began gaining steam, Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said that murdering Jews is a "national duty." 

Abbas's claims about a meeting with Netanyahu come just hours after the prime minister at the World Economic Forum in Davos reiterated his offer to hold direct talks with Abbas on Thursday night.

Chances of such talks actually bearing any fruit remains highly doubtful, particularly after Abbas in late October said all of Israel is "the occupation," showing his intentions to conquer the entire state. In November, he revealed for the first time that he rejected the offer of a Palestinian state back in 2008.

Abbas in June gave credence to calls by Jewish nationalists arguing that a Palestinian state should be set up in Jordan, when he called Jordanian and Palestinian Arabs "one people living in two states."




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