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Israel’s President-Elect Rivlin Says Abbas Call for Release of Teens Could Build Israel-PA Trust

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New Israeli President MK Reuven Rivlin. Photo: Itzike via Wikimedia Commons.

Times of Israel Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ call for the immediate release of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers opened the window for an Israeli-Palestinian rapprochement, President-elect Reuven Rivlin said Wednesday, calling for “direct communication” between Jerusalem and Ramallah to foster a better understanding of each other’s position.

Stopping short of calling for a peace agreement that would establish a Palestinian state, Rivlin – who made clear to The Times of Israel last month that he does not support Palestinian statehood – advocated for Arab-Jewish coexistence, expressing hope for “some sort of understanding.”

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