Abbas: I'll address the Knesset, but not on Netanyahu's terms
In an interview with The Voice of Russia, Palestinian president says willing to accept Israeli PM invitation, but only 'in order to say what I want to say and not what he wants to hear.'
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he would accept Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's invitation to address the Knesset, but only if he is at liberty to say whatever it is he wants, on his own terms.
"You know, Netanyahu comes up with an offer and then immediately puts forward his own terms – that this and that should be said and so on. No, if those terms are put forward, I do not accept that. But if he wants me to come and say the things I want to say, then I am ready to do it – but only in order to say what I want to say and not what he wants to hear," Abbas said in an interview with The Voice of Russia.
Asked if a Palestinian state will be established with recognized borders, Abbas said "When Israel realizes the need to establish peace in the Middle East, then there will emerge a Palestinian state with the capital in holy Jerusalem."
Speaking at a special plenary session in honor of French President Francois Hollande's visit to Israel Monday, Netanyahu called on Abbas to "end the stalemate" between Israel and the Palestinians.
"I call on President Abbas to come here to the Knesset and recognize the relationship between the Jews and the Land of Israel," Netanyahu said.