RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would have to face former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who won re-election this month, even though he believed Netanyahu was not interested to make peace.
“I knew Netanyahu for a long time, since the 1990s… He is a man who does not believe in peace, but I have no choice but to deal with him,” Abbas told Palestine Television.
The Palestinian leader, who has limited control of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, said there must be a peaceful solution to the decades-long conflict.
The interview, which was also broadcast by Egyptian television, was recorded on Friday.
“I have a problem with Israel, the Israelis are occupying my country and my country. Who is the prime minister? Netanyahu. I am forced to deal with him,” Abbas said.
Netanyahu, who in his previous term forged a natural alliance with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, said on Sunday he had tried to reach peace deals with other Arab countries, something that could eventually help end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since 2014.
Announcing Ali Sawafta in Ramallah; Additional reports and writings of Nidal al-Mughrabi on Gaza; Editing by Daniel Wallis
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