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Abbas Rejected US Call to Meet with Netanyahu

John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas in Paris, July 2016 (Photo: US State Dept)

Last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas in Paris. Intent on restarting peace talks, Kerry asked Abbas to meet with Israeli PM Netanyahu. The Times of Israel reports that Abbas refused to meet with Netanyahu, instead making more demands of Israel:

US Secretary of State John Kerry made the request of the Palestinian leader at their July meeting in Paris, the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds reported on Thursday.

Abbas refused the meeting, the newspaper said, according to a report by Channel 10 news, telling Kerry that he would only acquiesce after Netanyahu froze all settlement construction and released the last group of prisoners that were slated to be freed as a goodwill gesture in the 2014 peace talks.

In May, Netanyahu said he was willing “to meet President Abbas today in Jerusalem. If he’d like, in Ramallah. Right now. Today.” In April, Abbas told Israeli television Netanyahu is “the partner” for peace, and called on the Israeli premier to meet with him “at any time,” prompting Netanyahu to declare that his invitation stands...

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