Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told US Secretary of State John Kerry he was willing to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a Lebanese satellite television channel citing unnamed Palestinian officials.
Al-Mayadeen, a Lebanese channel considered close to Hezbollah, reported Sunday morning that Abbas had agreed to meet with Netanyahu in order “to bridge the gap in the controversial issues between the two sides.”
According to the report, which cited Palestinian officials as their source, Abbas delivered this message to Kerry during their last meeting in Ramallah, even noting that he’s willing to meet Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and the “radical minister,” Economy Minister Naftali Bennett.
Kerry and Abbas met in Ramallah last Friday in a meeting that lasted just 20 minutes after US security personnel cut it short in order to spirit Kerry out of Ramallah ahead of the worst of the weekend’s unprecedented snowstorm.
Last week, Al-Mayadeen reported, again citing unnamed Palestinian officials, that there were “positive developments” in the US-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.