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Washington - Palestinian Leader: Israel Must Freeze Settlements

Published on: September 1, 2010 10:00 PM
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during remarks on the Middle East peace negotiations in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during remarks on the Middle East peace negotiations in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Washington - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will work hard to try to strike a long-lasting peace deal with Israel, but that Israel must agree to a full freeze on all its settlement activity in Palestinian territories.

Abbas also is calling for the release of all Palestinian prisoners.

Appearing at the White House on Wednesday evening, Abbas said he recognized the “the difficulties, challenges and obstacles” ahead. But, he said, people of the region are looking for peace and justice for the Palestinian people.

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He followed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in remarks before a working dinner hosted by President Barack Obama.

Abbas and Netanyahu will hold the first direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in nearly two years on Thursday.


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 Sep 02, 2010 at 08:25 AM meshigener Says:

Bibi I don't hear you. Why don't you make demands from Abbas YM"S and let's see if he will be able to do them.

Why everytime we start talking peace there are demands from Israel, isn't there 2 sides when you make peace?

Bibi don't be a scary cat, Obama's ratings are down and the Dems will be losing both houses. Take advantage now. Make demands for peace.

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 Sep 02, 2010 at 08:33 AM benstein Says:

ha ha just love the pic.

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 Sep 02, 2010 at 09:33 AM notsofrummie Says:

I never understood this settlements thing. what if i thought canada was my land. G-d told me that i can own parts of canada so im gonna build there - they would kick me out. Israelis think its their land so they start building there - i hope they do freeze all this illegal settlements. itswrong and clearly not helping out the peace process

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 Sep 02, 2010 at 11:08 AM Anonymous Says:

notso,your analogy makes absolutely no sense. esther

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 Sep 02, 2010 at 03:17 PM yyy Says:

How about a headline like...
Washington - Israeli Leader: Palastinians Must Stop killing Us

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 Sep 02, 2010 at 07:35 PM Sherree Says:

Why not ask the same in return? A freeze on all palestinian building and a release of all Israeli prisoners for starters? Then we want all the Palestinians to leave all the Israeli determined bounderies.

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