Abbas skeptical of new Israeli government
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Wednesday that Israel's new Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "does not believe in peace" and urged world leaders to pile pressure on him.
"Benjamin Netanyahu never believed in a two-state solution or accepted signed agreements and does not want to stop settlement activity. This is obvious," Abbas told the official Palestinian news agency. "We have to tell the world that this man does not believe in peace, so how should we deal with him? Let's put the ball in the world's court so that it puts pressure on him and assumes its responsibilities."
Abbas added that the Palestinians fulfilled their part within the framework of the "Road Map", but "the world should ask what about the Israeli commitments." The Palestinian leader conveyed that American and EU officials told him that the Palestinians met their obligations, while Israel is refusing to halt the illegal settlement activity.