In an interview with Israeli Channel 13, Herzog said that the meeting of Israeli Prime Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on 29 August was an important step.
Emphasizing that communication with the Palestinian Authority is the right step, Herzog emphasized that this will contribute to Israel’s security.
Herzog left unanswered when asked about Gantz’s statement that he did not want to negotiate with the Palestinians.
Palestinians refuse to accept bilateral talks
On the other hand, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtiyya, in an interview with Palestinian television yesterday, stated that they do not want to sit at the old bilateral talks table with the Israeli side, but that they want the negotiations to be in the format of the Middle East Quartet based on international law and legitimacy.
Shtiyya stated that the negotiations should be conducted with a new mechanism based on international legitimacy supported by the Arab world.
Drawing attention to the action of Palestinian President Abbas with the Arabs, Shtiyya claimed that this aimed to create a political maturation situation, and that this situation would push the international quartet to take initiatives that would lead to a negotiation process based on new foundations.
“A principle was discussed with the US administration. That is, Israel abides by the agreements it has signed with the Palestinian side and stops the attacks against our people. In addition, the promises made by US President Joe Biden in the election campaign are fulfilled.”
Shtiyya reminded that the issues she raised include Israel’s stopping the illegal settlement, preserving the existing status of occupied Jerusalem and reopening the US consulate in East Jerusalem.
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