Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the Israeli government to “return to the negotiation table immediately”.
Palestinian leader urges Israel talks
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s call for a two-state solution is a “positive development” but says the proof would be a return to negotiations.
“The true test of the credibility and seriousness of this stance is for the Israeli government to return to the negotiation table immediately,” he told the United Nations General Assembly in a speech that largely lambasted Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Israel captured East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza – areas that Palestinians seek for an independent state – in the 1967 Middle East war.
US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.