Report: Abbas refused to meet Netanyahu

A US proposal to organize a meeting between PM Netanyahu and Abbas falls through due to PA Chairman's refusal to meet without preconditions.

Yedidya Ben-Or,

Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas recently rejected an American proposal for a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu - in the presence of Arab and western leaders - with the goal of restarting peace negotiations, according to a report by the Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper.

The report states that US Secretary of State John Kerry had proposed that Abbas meet with Netanyahu in France, but the PA Chairman refused.

Abbas' stated reason for refusing was the claim that the proposal was just a plan to circumvent the Arab and French peace proposals.

Another reason Kerry's proposal fell through was that Abbas refuses to meet with Netanyahu until the latter puts a stop to all construction in Judea and Samaria.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has repeatedly stated that he is ready to meet with Abbas anytime and anywhere to negotiate peace. The Palestinian Authority Chairman has avoided any such meeting in recent years, preferring to lobby for international pressure for an imposed resolution to the conflict. Netanyahu has adamantly opposed any resolution not negotiated directly by the two sides.

An attempt to facilitate a meeting between Abbas and President of Israel Reuven Rivlin while they were both visiting Brussels several weeks ago also failed, despite Rivlin's office agreeing to the meeting.


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