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Gantz shrugs off criticism of his meeting with PA’s Abbas

From left: Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) Right: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool, File)
From left: Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) Right: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool, File)

Defense Ministry Benny Gantz dismisses criticism of his decision to host Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for a rare meeting at his home in Rosh Ha’ayin last night.

“Only someone who is responsible for sending soldiers into battle knows how deep the obligation to prevent it is,” Gantz tweets. “This is how I have always acted, and this is how I will continue to act.”

The meeting marked the first time the Palestinian leader held talks with a senior Israeli official inside Israel since 2010. The meeting was Gantz and Abbas’s second since the new Israeli government was formed in June. According to the Defense Ministry, it lasted two and a half hours; part of it was Abbas and Gantz alone.

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