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.’

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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.

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Israel marked Yom Hashoah, its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Thursday in memory of the six million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II.

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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.

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