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Abbas ready to meet Netanyahu 'any time'
Published Tuesday 28/01/2014 (updated) 28/01/2014 11:20
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Abbas' interview aired on Israeli TV.
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that he was ready to meet Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu any time, Israeli media reported.

"Quote me on this: I am ready to meet Netanyahu any time," Abbas told Israeli TV.

Asked if he would address the Israeli parliament, or if he would allow Netanyahu to speak in the Palestinian one, Abbas responded that "We can consider this … I don't rule out the idea."

In Abbas' interview with the Institute for National Security Studies, which was published on Israel's Ynet news site and other Israeli media, he addressed Israeli security concerns and explained the PLO's view of ending the conflict.

"First, the two-state vision must become real, in which the State of Israel will live alongside the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders in security and stability," Abbas said.

"The second most important section is that East Jerusalem be the capital of the Palestinian state. Jerusalem will remain open to all religions with arrangements between the two parties."

He added: "I say to the Israeli people we are neighbors. We fought many wars against each other and I pray to God that these wars are over. We consider them and the use of force part of the past."

The deadline of a nine-month framework for US-brokered direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians is the end of April with no visible results, as both sides express seemingly irreconcilable demands.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has made 11 trips to Israel and the West Bank in his first year in office, is trying to hammer out a framework deal to chart the talks going forward by establishing guidelines on the most contentious issues.
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1 ) Imael / USA
28/01/2014 05:34
Abbas is doing well for a guy born in 1935. But he has not checked Fatah's Facebook page.

2 ) Outlier / USA
28/01/2014 05:48
Having avoided the peace process for years with preconditions, now Abbas makes a BS public relations statement with preconditions. Such is Palestinian leadership.

3 ) Robby / USA
28/01/2014 07:17
"Meet" and "Negotiate" are not the same.

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
28/01/2014 07:57
Interesting that Maan is not reporting on the storm in the Israeli press about whether or not Jews will be allowed to stay in Palestine. Ashrawi tried to avoid the issue by saying "Jews can apply for citizenship" but it appears that Palestine will be ethnically cleansing all the Jews and not let any stay.

5 ) Hetty Verlinde / the Netherlands
28/01/2014 08:48
@2: You got to be joking. Where have you been? Abbas voiding the peace process? Didn't you follow the PIECE process of Netanyahu? The continuous building of illegal settlements? You write here but you obviously don't read the news. Wake up!

6 ) shirley / australai
28/01/2014 10:07
abas is bullshit same old rgetoric and collusion to keep himself in poiwer time to give talks the flick abass get the message stop being aus stooge and always going to go to un but alweays apile of excuses time not right us might get upset etc etc

7 ) Lina / Ukraine
28/01/2014 10:17
Reminder: The so called preconditions are arrangements that have been agreed upon back in 1967 under international law and UN resolutions. These are not preconditions, these are agreements that have been recognised by international law and that are not respected in any way by Israel. What is Mahmoud Abbas supposed to do in order to satisfy Israel? He is asking for something that has already been 'given' to the Palestinians ages ago, but given in document form.

8 ) Rami / Palestine
28/01/2014 10:32
#2 You're not satisfied when he doesn't make statements and you're not satisfied when he does make statements. What the hell do you want from him?

9 ) LIAR. BIBI ASKED HIM TO MEET / for the LAST 5 YEARS
28/01/2014 10:36
and ABBAS REFUSED bu Mazen is a shrewed politician but a liar.

10 ) Lina / Ukraine
28/01/2014 12:30
I have an idea. Maybe they should meet up in one of the illegal settlements to satisfy everyone, but no - that's a bad idea. It would take way too long to choose a meeting place, as there are so many thousands of settlements and the numbers are growing. Do wake up if you are calling all this Netanyahu's Big Peace Process. I spy with my little eye a word beginning with "P" that would describe his Process for what it really is..

11 ) Patrick O'Shaughnessy / Ireland
28/01/2014 21:11
#4 Brian - You've already got most of Palestine, why are you so concerned with who lives in the rest of it, do you want to emigrate there. #7 Lina - Abu Mazen & Bibi can go somewhere neutral, drink tea or coffee & see if they like each other enough to continue with this. At the end of the day, Abu Mazen is clear what the Palestinians want, Bibi can choose to accept this (& 1967 agreements) or not. Not much left to say, ball in Bibi's court, play to the finish or stop the game & risk losing out.

12 ) Truth / Munich
02/02/2014 21:08
Speaking at a Munich security conference, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel: - "appreciated his efforts in developing his negotiation framework, - had minimum demands in the negotiations*, without which Israel could not accept a deal, and - if our goals cannot achieved, Israel will manage.” * Palestinians give up any further demands for territory beyond the agreement, * recognition of Israel as the Jewish homeland, and * security arrangements.
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