Netanyahu to Abbas: ‘Let’s meet today’

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Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has urged Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, to meet with him at the United Nations to discuss Middle East peace efforts.

“Let’s meet today in the United Nations,” Netanyahu said in an appeal launched during his address to the UN General Assembly shortly after Abbas presented a formal bid for UN membership for a Palestinian state.

“I cannot make peace alone. I cannot make peace without you,” Netanyahu told Abbas. “We are both sons of Abraham … our destinies are intertwined.”

But Abbas was due to leave New York later on Friday, leaving the UN Security Council to wrestle with the Palestinians request that is likely to take several weeks before being brought to a vote, leaving time for further negotiations.

Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly that he was reaching out to the Palestinian people but cautioned that peace could not be won with a UN resolution.

‘Painful compromises’

Netanyahu said Israel was prepared to make “painful compromises”.

“The Palestinians should live in a future state of their own, but they should be ready for compromise,” he said, adding that Palestinians had to ensure Israel’s security.

Al Jazeera correspondent Mike Hanna, reporting from the UN, pointed out that the Israeli leader repeated the idea that Israel was surrounded by hostile forces.

“Netanyahu talked about how Israel needs to be secure, which would not be guaranteed necessarily by a Palestinian state next door,” Hanna said.

Hanna added that Netanyahu was unlikely to get any real response from Abbas because the Palestinian leadership has said it will not meet before establishing clear terms of reference and a timetable.

“I extend my hand to the Palestinian people,” Netanyahu told the 193-nation assembly.

“The truth is that Israel wants peace. The truth is that I want peace … The Palestinians should first make peace with Israel and then get their state,” he said.

Netanyahu added that if there was such a peace, “Israel will not be the last state to welcome a Palestinian state into the United Nations. We will be the first.”

It was also time for the Palestinians to acknowledge that “Israel is the Jewish state,” he told the assembly.

Resumption of talks

Direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed a year ago.

The Palestinians pulled out after Israel refused to extend a moratorium on new Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Netanyahu also demanded that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, something they reject because they say that would prejudice the rights of Palestinian refugees.

Abbas’ statehood request reflects a loss of faith after 20 years of failed peace talks sponsored by the United States, Israel’s main ally.

It also exposes Washington’s dwindling influence in a region shaken by Arab uprisings and shifting alliances that have pushed Israel, for all its military muscle, deeper into isolation.

Al Jazeera

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44 responses to “Netanyahu to Abbas: ‘Let’s meet today’”

  1. another oddity, comments are disabled for palestinan article ,,, either way i wanted to sincerely wish palsestians well even though some of them pissed me off in the past.

    to all sons of abraham as bibi says best wishes to them and israelis and i really hope you figure it out.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Well .. this one got through Geo. I guess some are disabled simply because they are so contentious that the comments would all be deemed inappropriate. Or, in some cases, they are just statements of fact and no amount of commenting can change them, so they try to save some disk space. 🙂

      1. PROPHET.T Avatar

        5th, You  sound  like  you  work  for the site,and that  you are doing  the censorship itself,lol.jk
        I will attempt to email yalibnan editors  directly anyway.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Not me, Prophet. 🙂  I’m retired … hahahahaa
          But I had a lot of years dealing with computers and such-like crap. 😉

  2. another oddity, comments are disabled for palestinan article ,,, either way i wanted to sincerely wish palsestians well even though some of them pissed me off in the past.

    to all sons of abraham as bibi says best wishes and i really hope you figure it out.

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      Well .. this one got through Geo. I guess some are disabled simply because they are so contentious that the comments would all be deemed inappropriate. Or, in some cases, they are just statements of fact and no amount of commenting can change them, so they try to save some disk space. 🙂

      1. PROPHET.T Avatar

        5th, You  sound  like  you  work  for the site,and that  you are doing  the censorship itself,lol.jk
        I will attempt to email yalibnan editors  directly anyway.

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          Not me, Prophet. 🙂  I’m retired … hahahahaa

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          Not me, Prophet. 🙂  I’m retired … hahahahaa

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    The problems is, no matter that 2 people could probably sit down and reach a good working agreement, there are always some idiots running around who won’t agree and are not willing to sit back and let their ‘elected’ leaders lead them.

    1. you are 100 % correct not every one wants this to work. if i was either one of them i would meet with a long list of who is not invited,, and i would not come out of that meeting (except for a double espresso) untill a deal is reached.  all that is included shall be excluded (iran syria)  . the problem can only be solved between the 2 of them, work with the ones that you will be sharing and enjoying the peace with.

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar

    The problems is, no matter that 2 people could probably sit down and reach a good working agreement, there are always some idiots running around who won’t agree and are not willing to sit back and let their ‘elected’ leaders lead them.

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    The problems is, no matter that 2 people could probably sit down and reach a good working agreement, there are always some idiots running around who won’t agree and are not willing to sit back and let their ‘elected’ leaders lead them.

    1. you are 100 % correct not every one wants this to work. if i was either one of them i would meet with a long list of who is not invited,, and i would not come out of that meeting (except for a double espresso) untill a deal is reached.  all that is included shall be excluded (iran syria)  . the problem can only be solved between the 2 of them, work with the ones that you will be sharing and enjoying the peace with.

    2. you are 100 % correct not every one wants this to work. if i was either one of them i would meet with a long list of who is not invited,, and i would not come out of that meeting (except for a double espresso) untill a deal is reached.  all that is included shall be excluded (iran syria)  . the problem can only be solved between the 2 of them, work with the ones that you will be sharing and enjoying the peace with.

  6. Lets see if this comment goes through ..F**** this and S***** that. Aoun should run the world ……

    1. Waoo it went through. That means this site is Aounist. 

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Only when you are here, Libnan 😉

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        Only when you are here, Libnan 😉

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    Lets see if this comment goes through ..F**** this and S***** that. Aoun should run the world ……

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      Waoo it went through. That means this site is Aounist. 

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        Only when you are here, Libnan 😉

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      Waoo it went through. That means this site is Aounist. 

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    Lets see if this comment goes through ..F**** this and S***** that. Aoun should run the world ……

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    Lets see if this comment goes through ..F**** this and S***** that. Aoun should run the world ……

  10. Peace and stability in the region will only reign when justice is brought to the Palestinians and to all people of the Middle East!All have the right to live in peace !The Palestinians have the right to create and live in their own state with human dignity and ,justice !They have to sit together and resolve their problems and differences first!They must not let others speak in their name!Their cause has been used in the struggle for power in the region for long! If Netanyahu says ,¨we will be the first ¨to welcome the Palestinian state ,they should sit ,talk and act so that mutual trust can be built between both sides !There must be compromise and sacrifice from both sides !Rejecting will not help !Occupation ,denial of rights and use of force will not help!

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    Peace and stability in the region will only reign when justice is brought to the Palestinians and to all people of the Middle East!All have the right to live in peace !The Palestinians have the right to create and live in their own state with human dignity and ,justice !They have to sit together and resolve their problems and differences first!They must not let others speak in their name!Their cause has been used in the struggle for power in the region for long! If Netanyahu says ,¨we will be the first ¨to welcome the Palestinian state ,they should sit ,talk and act so that mutual trust can be built between both sides !There must be compromise and sacrifice from both sides !Rejecting will not help !Occupation ,denial of rights and use of force will not help!

  12. The only way to peace is with words not GUNS as what has been going for years.
    The term “Palestinian” itself had referred to Israeli Jews back in the 1940s, and had been slowly deconstructed and redefined to refer to the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza. The Middle East Conflict was always a war by Arabs against Jews, not a conflict between Israelis and “Palestinians.” The war was repackaged as a conflict between Jews and Palestinians as a public relations gimmick by the Arab fascist regimes. These regimes had never had any interest in “Palestinians,” in creating a “Palestinian” state, or in “Palestinian nationalism” before 1967.  Before about 1970, virtually no one in the world considered the Middle East conflict to be one between Israelis and Palestinians. 

    The Arabs have never given a shit about the Palestinians but use this subject as an xcuse to destroy Isreal and as long as they will not say we xcept Isreal as a state and as a people than peace will never come about and Isreal will not give back the land.
    They have said  many time let us live in peace and xcept the Jewish state and you will have what you want a Palestinian state. But when  99% of Arabs want to destroy the Jews what option do they have THINK ABOUT IT FOR A SECOND. Hamas say every day we will not sleep until we destroy the JEWS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO THINK ABOUT IT FOR A SECOND.
      
    From 1948 to 1967, Egypt ruled Gaza, Syria ruled the Golan Heights, while Jordan ruled the West Bank. They could have set up independent Arab-Palestinian states in any or all of those territories, but they didn’t even consider it. Instead, in 1967 they used the Golan Heights, Gaza and the West bank to launch a war that was unambiguously aimed at destroying Israel, which is how Israel came into possession of those territories in the first place. Words of peace ON BOTH sides will be the only way and get rid of this HAMAS who do not care about the Palestinians but only about the destruction of the JEWS.

    Yes the Arab Palestinians, Jewish Palestinians should live in one place together or a two state option.

    WORDS NOT ROCKETS AND THREATS.    Talk

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Seems – after seeing the actions this past week – they need to de-programme a lot of young people regarding rock-throwing.

      1. no shortage of rocks there 🙂 , they must grow out of the ground,  if someone threw a rock at me in florida i would thank them,,non to be found.lol

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     The only way to peace is with words not GUNS as what has been going for years.
    The term “Palestinian” itself had referred to Israeli Jews back in the 1940s, and had been slowly deconstructed and redefined to refer to the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza. The Middle East Conflict was always a war by Arabs against Jews, not a conflict between Israelis and “Palestinians.” The war was repackaged as a conflict between Jews and Palestinians as a public relations gimmick by the Arab fascist regimes. These regimes had never had any interest in “Palestinians,” in creating a “Palestinian” state, or in “Palestinian nationalism” before 1967.  Before about 1970, virtually no one in the world considered the Middle East conflict to be one between Israelis and Palestinians. 
    The Arabs have never given a shit about the Palestinians but use this subject as an xcuse to destroy Isreal and as long as they will not say we xcept Isreal as a state and as a people than peace will never come about and Isreal will not give back the land.
    They have said  many time let us live in peace and xcept the Jewish state and you will have what you want a Palestinian state. But when  99% of Arabs want to destroy the Jews what option do they have THINK ABOUT IT FOR A SECOND. Hamas say every day we will not sleep until we destroy the JEWS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO THINK ABOUT IT FOR A SECOND.
      
    From 1948 to 1967, Egypt ruled Gaza, Syria ruled the Golan Heights, while Jordan ruled the West Bank. They could have set up independent Arab-Palestinian states in any or all of those territories, but they didn’t even consider it. Instead, in 1967 they used the Golan Heights, Gaza and the West bank to launch a war that was unambiguously aimed at destroying Israel, which is how Israel came into possession of those territories in the first place. Words of peace ON BOTH sides will be the only way and get rid of this HAMAS who do not care about the Palestinians but only about the destruction of the JEWS.

    Yes the Arab Palestinians, Jewish Palestinians should live in one place together or a two state option.

    WORDS NOT ROCKETS AND THREATS.    Talk

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      Seems – after seeing the actions this past week – they need to de-programme a lot of young people regarding rock-throwing.

      1. no shortage of rocks there 🙂 , they must grow out of the ground,  if someone threw a rock at me in florida i would thank them,,non to be found.lol

  14. Enough is enough is enough about the Israelis and the Jews (especially politicians), coming out looking like victims while they are snakes, murderers yet full of words of peace and peace loving people. 
    Netanyahu is the last person on earth that can be trusted to make any peace while while back he wanted to expel all the Palestinians. Natanyahu is a man of peace but he rejects to stop building settlement on Palestinians land. killing their children , razing their land… and calling himself a man of peace.  He once called the Palestinians a CANCER for Israel. Now there is a movement in Israel calling (Palestine), the occupied Israel…
    Lets face it!!! Israel is can not claim Palestine as their homeland simply because it is NOT. Israel is a STOLEN Country…
    For years and decades the Israelis have been claiming that they can not have peace because the Arabs philosophy almost wants to take over…
    History proved that Israel is the one working on killing and exterminating the Palestinians. Israel is the only country with the highest that committed the highest number of political assassinations world wide. Israel is the only country in the Middle East occupying territories of other countries… So to Netanyahu and his likes… Shut up once and for all. Stop the belly aching, and if you are a true man of peace, then role up your sleeves and show the world what you really got and not how you play a deceiving game… Then and only then, I will believe that you are a man of peace and a man of honor…. UNTIL then, you are nothing but slime. ..  

    1. talk is cheap, and so is blood.. disgusting

    2. 5thDrawer Avatar

      So .. why don’t we all call it ‘Palestine. The Home Of The Jews.’ …. and let it go, Sami.

    3. You are wrong, the jews gave the Palestinians many chances and kept saying no to the jews ,so the Jews said they will build , and keep them locked away in their land for as long as they threaten the Jewish state.
      The land never was the Palestinians, first egypt, Jordan and Syria controlled these areas and the Jews took over when all Arabs tried to xtermenate them like in Germany.
      The Jews keep saying lets talk and the other side keep firing rockets, The Arabs do not give a shit about the Palestinians and by the way the Jews where also part of Palestine they called Jewish Palestinians back in the 1940.
      Yes why don’t we call it ‘PALESTINE. THE HOME OF THE JEWS’…………….
      Hate for the Jews is why peace will never happen…Arabs do not want peace…………the only outcome they want is the destruction of the Jews………

    4. You are wrong, the jews gave the Palestinians many chances and kept saying no to the jews ,so the Jews said they will build , and keep them locked away in their land for as long as they threaten the Jewish state.
      The land never was the Palestinians, first egypt, Jordan and Syria controlled these areas and the Jews took over when all Arabs tried to xtermenate them like in Germany.
      The Jews keep saying lets talk and the other side keep firing rockets, The Arabs do not give a shit about the Palestinians and by the way the Jews where also part of Palestine they called Jewish Palestinians back in the 1940.
      Yes why don’t we call it ‘PALESTINE. THE HOME OF THE JEWS’…………….
      Hate for the Jews is why peace will never happen…Arabs do not want peace…………the only outcome they want is the destruction of the Jews………

  15. Enough is enough is enough about the Israelis and the Jews (especially politicians), coming out looking like victims while they are snakes, murderers yet full of words of peace and peace loving people. 
    Netanyahu is the last person on earth that can be trusted to make any peace while while back he wanted to expel all the Palestinians. Natanyahu is a man of peace but he rejects to stop building settlement on Palestinians land. killing their children , razing their land… and calling himself a man of peace.  He once called the Palestinians a CANCER for Israel. Now there is a movement in Israel calling (Palestine), the occupied Israel…
    Lets face it!!! Israel is can not claim Palestine as their homeland simply because it is NOT. Israel is a STOLEN Country…
    For years and decades the Israelis have been claiming that they can not have peace because the Arabs philosophy almost wants to take over…
    History proved that Israel is the one working on killing and exterminating the Palestinians. Israel is the only country with the highest that committed the highest number of political assassinations world wide. Israel is the only country in the Middle East occupying territories of other countries… So to Netanyahu and his likes… Shut up once and for all. Stop the belly aching, and if you are a true man of peace, then role up your sleeves and show the world what you really got and not how you play a deceiving game… Then and only then, I will believe that you are a man of peace and a man of honor…. UNTIL then, you are nothing but slime. ..  

    1. talk is cheap, and so is blood.. disgusting

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      So .. why don’t we all call it ‘Palestine. The Home Of The Jews.’ …. and let it go, Sami.

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      So .. why don’t we all call it ‘Palestine. The Home Of The Jews.’ …. and let it go, Sami.

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      You are blind, the jews gave the Palestinians many chances and kept saying no ,so the Jews said they will build , and keep them locked away in their land for as long as threaten the Jewish state.
      The land never was the Palestinians, first egypt, Jordan and Syria controlled these areas and the Jews took over when all Arabs tried to xtermenate them like in Germany.
      The Jews keep saying lets talk and the other side keep firing rockets, The Arabs do not give a shit about the Palestinians and by the way the Jews where also part of Palestine they called Jewish Palestinians back in the 1940.
         

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      You are blind, the jews gave the Palestinians many chances and kept saying no ,so the Jews said they will build , and keep them locked away in their land for as long as threaten the Jewish state.
      The land never was the Palestinians, first egypt, Jordan and Syria controlled these areas and the Jews took over when all Arabs tried to xtermenate them like in Germany.
      The Jews keep saying lets talk and the other side keep firing rockets, The Arabs do not give a shit about the Palestinians and by the way the Jews where also part of Palestine they called Jewish Palestinians back in the 1940.
         

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