Thursday, October 1, 2015

Palestinian Authority's Abbas Says He'll Abandon Agreements With Israel

By Oren Dorell, Sep 30, 2015 USA Today

"The fact that he (Abbas) — time and again — has refused to do so is the best possible proof of the fact he does not intend to reach a peace agreement," Netanyahu's office said in statement.

Abbas' speech came the same day that the Palestinian flag was raised at the U.N. headquarters for the first time as a non-member observer state — a move the General Assembly approved this month.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration will resume efforts to get the Israelis and Palestinians talking again.

“This is not an impossible dream,” Kerry said in New York. “It’s achievable but only with proactive, genuine efforts to reach out and address each other’s concerns."

Abbas has threatened in the past to abandon the Palestinian Authority's administrative duties in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority pays many salaries in the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the militant Hamas group.

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