Netanyahu: Abbas ‘Continues to Run Away from Peace’

In this handout photo provided by the Israel Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during the funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres on September 30, 2016 in Jerusalem, Israel. World leaders and dignitaries from 70 countries attended the …
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The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu castigated Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s address at the UN Security Council Tuesday, saying the PA leader was “running away from peace.”

“Abbas did not say anything new. He continues to run away from peace and continues to pay terrorists and their families $347 million,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

The figure cited by the prime minister was based on the sum calculated by the Defense Ministry as the amount the PA in 2017 paid the families of imprisoned Palestinians who have carried out attacks against Israelis, and to those killed while carrying out attacks. The Defense Ministry said the Palestinian Authority had paid out NIS 1.2 billion ($350 million) last year in such payments.

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