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January 28, 2018 12:13 pm

Israeli PM Netanyahu: Even Though Obama Favored the Palestinians, We Never Said He Couldn’t Serve as Fair Peace Mediator

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama during a March 2013 meeting in Jerusalem. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

At a meeting with Likud members of his cabinet on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinians of preventing a renewal of peace negotiations, the Hebrew news site Walla reported.

“The Palestinians claim [US President Donald] Trump is biased toward Israel, so therefore they’re not willing to have the US serve as a mediator,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying. “But we never said that [ex-President Barack] Obama couldn’t serve as a honest broker, even though he was biased toward the Palestinians. This is just another excuse of the Palestinians.”

Following Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed any future leading role for the US in the peace process.

“We will not accept anything the United States may try to impose on us and we will not accept its mediation following that crime,” Abbas said.

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