Netanyahu: Abbas speech encourages incitement

2015-09-30 21:15
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP)

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Tel Aviv - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' speech to the General Assembly "is false and encourages incitement and unrest in the Middle East", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office says.

Abbas said on Wednesday that the Palestinian territories could not abide by the transitional Oslo Agreement any longer because of Israel's continued settlement activity.

"We expect and call on the [Palestinian] Authority and the one who heads it to act responsibly and to accept the Israeli Prime Minister's proposal for direct negotiations without preconditions."

The fact that he has rejected this time and again, is the best proof that Abbas is not interested in a peace deal, charges the statement. 

"We declare that as long as Israel refuses to commit to the agreements signed with us ... [they] leave us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to the implementation of these agreements, while Israel continuously violates them," Abbas said.

"We therefore declare that we cannot continue to be bound by these signed agreements with Israel and that Israel must assume all of its responsibilities as an occupying power, because the status quo cannot continue."

Read more on:    un  |  mahmoud abbas  |  benjamin netanyahu  |  israel  |  palestine

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