I bet, the latter. I bet, Netanyahu promised Merkel not to embarrass Abbas in order to restart negotiations. Next thing you know is that he does just that. He should thank Merkel for showing him an easy way to avoid negotiations. Some time ago Amira Hass supported the Fatah position to condition negotiations on a freeze of settlement builidng. To my opinion, that's a tactical mistake. That's exactly what the Israeli government wants. The only request should be that Israel presents borders in short time.
Islamic State militants blow up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra (Reuters)
from the article: Netanyahu is less of a liar than past Israeli PMs