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Bibi: Abbas Not Taking Right Steps for Reconciliation with Israel

This weekend marked the 39th anniversary of slain Egyptian peacemaker Anwar Sadat's visit to Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Post's Herb Keinon reports that PM Netanyahu marked the anniversary while also highlighting the differences between past gestures for peace and the opposite shown by current Palestinian leadership:

“Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of president Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said at the outset of Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, referring to the Sadat groundbreaking visit and his speech to the Knesset that launched the Egyptian-Israeli peace deal that is a cornerstone of Israel’s strategic policy.

“A peace agreement was achieved between Israel and Egypt through direct negotiations; this agreement has stood for almost 40 years, currently under the courageous leadership of Egyptian President [Abdel Fattah] al-Sisi. I note this because here one can see the contrast with what is occurring vis-à-vis the Palestinians,” he said.

Netanyahu said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to come to direct negotiations without preconditions, continues to “incite his people regarding the idea of a right of return and erasing the State of Israel,” and “is not taking the right steps to start calming things and preparing public opinion for reconciliation with the State of Israel.”

By contrast, certain Arab countries are taking those steps...

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