Thursday, September 21st | 1 Tishri 5778

Close

Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

Subscribe
July 18, 2015 1:13 pm

Netanyahu Calls Abbas in First Official Talk in More Than a Year

avatar by JNS.org

Email a copy of "Netanyahu Calls Abbas in First Official Talk in More Than a Year" to a friend
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: GPO.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: GPO.

JNS.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as part of a goodwill gesture to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

According to a statement by the Prime Ministers’ Office, Netanyahu told Abbas that the citizens of Israel want peace and that Israel would continue to act towards regional stability.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and is generally marked with festive meals.

The call was the first official contact between the two leaders since they spoke following the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas in June 2014. But reports indicate that Netanyahu and Abbas have spoken several times secretly over the last few months. Those talks have led to several informal measures on both sides to ease tensions, including Israel slowing down construction in Judea and Samaria and the Palestinians halting efforts for unilateral international recognition, the Times of Israel reported.

Related coverage

September 20, 2017 12:13 pm
0

Israeli PM Netanyahu Nixes High Court Request to Reconsider Freeze of Western Wall Egalitarian Prayer Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected a request by the High Court of Justice to implement the Western Wall...

Both the Prime Minister’s Office and the Palestinians have denied those reports.

“There is no truth whatsoever to these reports,” said chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. “The Palestinian leadership will continue on its path of exacting a price from the occupation in the International Criminal Court on all matters relating to violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.”

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner
  • Michael O’Connor

    Well this is long overdue or is this a sweetener for Benjamin Netanyahu? regarding the Iranian deal, but it will make no difference to Bibi there is no sweetener big enough to change Israels mind on IRAN, Obama should be ashamed keeping Pollard locked up for so long that alone is a crime of outstanding proportions for Jonathan Pollard.

Algemeiner.com