Abbas: Netanyahu prefers settlements over peace
The Palestinian Authority blamed Israel for the lack of progress in peace talks. Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu chose settlement building over peace, the Palestinian president told a visiting group of Israeli lawmakers and peace activists on Sunday.
Mahmud Abbas said the Palestinians remained committed to peace and negotiations, but questioned Netanyahu's priorities. "He chose settlements over peace," Abbas told the delegation, according to AFP. "I don't understand choosing settlements as more important than peace for us and for the coming generations," he said.
Abbas said Sunday that the Palestinians had not given up on peace. "We want peace, and negotiations are the only way to achieve peace here."
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