Abbas to Israeli public: Choose between peace and settlements

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that Israel must chose between peace and settlements.

Speaking to reporters after meeting in Ramallah with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Abbas said he was committed to resuming peace talks with Israel “on the basis of the Arab peace initiatives and UN resolutions.”

Addressing Israelis, Abbas said: “Our hands remain extended for peace. They must choose between peace and settlement expansion at our expense. You can’t achieve peace through collective punishment by withholding our money, and not through racist measures on the ground and the continued incarceration of thousands of prisoners.”


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