Netanyahu: ‘I’ll Clear My Schedule This Week To Meet Abbas’

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas meet at Netanyahu's residence September 15, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel.
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Prime Minister Bejmain Netanyahu once again invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to Jerusalem for talks, four days after Abbas said in a Channel 2 interview that he was waiting for such an invitation.

“A few days ago on Israeli television, I heard President Abbas say that if I invited him to meet, he’d come,” Netanyahu said before a meeting with Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek. “So, as I said this morning to an American congressional delegation, I’m inviting him again. I’m clearing my schedule this week. Any day he can come, I’ll be here.”

Netanyahu said that he and Abbas had “a lot of things to discuss, but the first thing is ending the Palestinian campaign of incitement to murder Israelis.” Netanyahu said his door was “always open to those who want to pursue peace with Israel.”

During Thursday’s Channel 2 interview, Abbas said he had offered to meet Netanyahu.

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