Israeli leaders criticized Abbas for his vitriolic speech calling Israel a ‘colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism,’ while Netanyahu claimed Abbas is actually helping Israel’s diplomatic efforts.
During the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, ‘[Abbas] last week again proved… that he is not interested in direct negotiations with Israel… I think that people can conclude from this who wants to advance peace and a peace process – and who does not.’
Addressing the European Parliament on Thursday, Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas claimed Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria is the root cause of global terrorism and is encouraging extremists. Abbas also refused to meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
Israel came to a standstill on Wednesday to mark Yom Hazikaron, its national Memorial Day, and to commemorate the 23,477 fallen IDF soldiers and victims of terrorist attacks who have died over the course of the last 150 years.
In another apparent step toward reconciliation, Israeli President Rivlin and Turkish President Erdogan spoke on the phone and expressed mutual interest in establishing an international front against global Islamic terrorism.
After an attack by ISIS in Istanbul on Saturday that killed three Israelis and an Iranian and wounded over a dozen others, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent his condolences to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
Israel mourns the death of three of its citizens who were killed while on vacation in Turkey. “The heart aches for the victims who lost their lives in the horrific terrorist bombing,” President Rivlin stated.
“There can be no real comfort following such a loss, but I want you to know that Shlomit’s special character will be known across the country,” President Reuven Rivlin told the family of terror victim Shlomit Krigman.
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