(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said Monday in a Likud-Beiteinu alliance meeting that he sees “no real changes in the Palestinian
position since 1993,” the year the Oslo Accords were signed.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, said Israel’s linking of its release of Palestinian prisoners to expanded construction in Judea and Samaria “is likely to bring about the termination” of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
But Netanyahu said, “If the Palestinians can’t even meet the agreements reached so far—we release prisoners but continue building—how can I be sure they will live up to the bigger issues, which their society is sure to find much more controversial?”
“If you want to lead—get up and make the hard decisions. That’s what I did and I expect the Palestinians to do the same,” Netanyahu said, according to i24news.