‘Peace Partner’ Abbas Refuses to Meet With Israeli President

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the media with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) following talks at the Chancellery on April 19, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.
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Ynetnews reports: Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin while the two are in Brussels it was reported on Thursday.

The proposed meeting with Rivlin was to be held at the invitation of President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.

During a joint press conference held between Rivlin and Schulz on Wednesday at the European Parliament, Schultz was asked if he could be a mediator and conduct a meeting between Abbas and Rivlin. Schlutz replied that Abbas was due to land in Brussels soon, and that he hoped that if Rivlin and Abbas happened to meet in the hallways of the European Parliament, that the two wouldn’t run away from each other.

Rivlin responded by saying “don’t worry, I won’t run away”

Despite this, Mahmoud Abbas turned down the European Parliament President’s invitation to meet Rivlin.

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