Palestinian Official Denies Abbas Rejected Netanyahu Meeting: Israelis Should Cease Blame Game

'President Abbas accepted to meet Mr. Netanyahu in several occasions, but it’s the Israeli PM the one who never shows up,' Palestinian official tells Haaretz

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, September 25, 2018.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, September 25, 2018. Credit: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
Noa Landau
Noa Landau
New York

NEW YORK - A Palestinian official has denied a charge from a diplomatic Israeli source, who said on that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was offered and rejected a potential meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A diplomatic source told Haaretz on Wednesday that Netanyahu had “made contact” with Abbas but the latter refused to meet.

"The Israelis should leave their old blame game tactics. The only fact here is that we did not reject any meeting. They did not ask to meet to start with," a Palestinian official said, in New York. "President Abbas accepted to meet Mr. Netanyahu in several occasions, but it’s the Israeli PM the one who never shows up. Netanyahu knows well that we have clear positions in all issues and that the only position his government has regarding Palestine is apartheid.”

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The Israeli source said that “It’s absurd to think that while the United States is preparing such a plan, that Netanyahu would circumvent this move," noting that there are frequent contacts with Palestinian security officials. "We see that there’s a problem in Gaza, for example, because of decisions by Abu Mazen [Abbas] and we try to resolve it."

The source said Netanyahu is not indifferent or idle about the economic strife Palestinians face following Trump's funding cuts. "On the one hand they are taking care of this front through Egypt and the United Nations, and on the other hand there are contacts with Abu Mazen. There was contact with him and he refused.”

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