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March 15, 2014 8:40 pm

Israel’s Ya’alon Says Abbas is Not a Partner for Peace

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Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. Photo: Reuven Kapuscinski.

JNS.org -Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Saturday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “is not a partner for a permanent peace agreement” with Israel.

“Abbas has resorted to the Oslo trick, no recognition and no promises,” Ya’alon told Israel’s Channel 2 network. “Abbas is a partner who takes, not a partner who gives. He is not a partner for a permanent peace agreement that includes recognition of Israel as the national state of the Jewish people. He just takes back prisoners.” Israel has so far free 78 Palestinian terrorist prisoners as part of the American-brokered peace talks.

Abbas recently said there is “no way” he would recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called it a “mistake” for Israel to ask for such recognition.

“I am not sure Kerry is a fair mediator,” Ya’alon said. “We’ll see at the end of the process.”

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